GAMBLING IN THE MILITARY. A National Perspective. Thomas L. Moore, PhD Vice President, National Council on Problem Gambling Chair, NCPG Taskforce on Gambling in the Military. NCPG POSITION.
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A National Perspective
Thomas L. Moore, PhD
Vice President, National Council on Problem Gambling
Chair, NCPG Taskforce on Gambling in the Military
2. A relatively small percentage of the population will exhibit severe, acute, and chronic problems. Nonetheless, research suggests that higher levels of problems/pathology are associated with socio-demographic characteristics of military personnel
1. For a vast majority for those who choose to gamble, the activity is a recreational opportunity causing no ill effects
3. Problem/pathological gambling are conditions that respond well to intervention
4. If problems exist at levels suggested by research, and if left unaddressed, the readiness of our fighting forces may be compromised
2. Information available on gambling and gambling problems in the military potentially understates the prevalence and extent of impacts of problem/pathological gambling in the military.
1. There is a lack of consistent policy and programs at DOD or within the Services, regarding prevention, referral, and treatment of problem/pathological gambling
2. Removed from CONUS installations 1951
3. Renewed interested as revenue generators for Welfare and Recreational Funds/Activities in 1960’s
4. Removed from Army & Air Force bases 1972 after illegal activities but brought back in 1980
1. Slot machines on military installations since the 1930’s
5. Approximately 4,150 video slot on installations in nine countries
6. Some estimates put revenue from slots at approximately $120 million and others put the handle at nearly $2 billion?
7. In 2004 there was some talk about creating a lottery and making that available on all installations worldwide.
VA currently runs eight outpatient programs?
The only major residential program for active duty was at Camp Pendleton, California and was closed 2006
VA first widely-acknowledged treatment program 1974
For a brief time there was a program on Okinawa, again for the Marine Corps, that existed for only a short time
There is possibly one other active Guard/Reserve program in addition to Oregon and some episodic interest expressed at both the Service and DOD levels in D.C.