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Subject: Re: Trend-Military Equipment Purchases Downward Date: 3/23/2013 10:14 PM
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The law clinic has determined that a total of 31,000 service members from 2001 to 2010 were discharged on the basis of alleged personality disorder, which is nearly 20 percent more than the 26,000 personality disorder discharges estimated by the federal General Accounting Office for 2001 to 2007.

Was something misstated there? As written, that's 3,714 a year from 2001 to 2007, and 1,667 a year from 2008 to 2010. Hardly evidence of possible abuse by government in the latter period.

(There's also the little issue that if a particular discharge decision is being made at rate X in period A but at rate X+Y in later period B, it isn't automatically obvious that the rate ought to be X. Maybe X was too high, maybe X+Y is too low, or anything in between. On top of which, the absolute number of discharges isn't a discharge *rate*; you would expect the number of discharges of any particular type to vary approximately in proportion to the total number of discharges, all else being equal; and the clip does not put either number in context.)
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