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Military Social Work

Jesse J. Harris, Col. USA Ret. and Kyle L. Pehrson, Col. USA Ret.

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press


Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.251

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The history of military social work in the United States is rooted in the civilian professional social work community and is a microcosm of that sector. Military social work has a rich history of providing services to military men and women and their families during periods of peace, conflict, and national crises. They have been involved in humanitarian operations and have participated in multinational peace-keeping operations. Social work in the Army, Navy, and Air Force is tailored to the mission of their particular service. However, joint operations between the services are becoming more frequent. Military social workers adhere to the NASW code of ethics while providing service to an institution with its own unique culture, standards, and values.

Keywords: armed forces; military social work

Article.  2856 words. 

Subjects: Addictions and Substance Misuse ; Developmental and Physical Disabilities Social Work ; Health, Illness, and Medicine ; Mental and Behavioural Health ; Social Policy and Advocacy

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