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DoD TBI Worldwide Numbers

Service members can sustain a TBI during day-to-day activities, such as while playing sports or participating in recreational events, military training and military deployment. The majority of traumatic brain injuries sustained by members of the U.S. Armed Forces are classified as mild TBI, also known as concussion. Most service members who sustain a mild TBI return to full duty within 10 to 14 days through rest and the progressive return to activity process, in which patients gradually return to normal activity using a standardized, staged-approach. Further treatment is available if symptoms persist after the recommended rest period. Review our provider resources for more information.

2020 Q1-Q4 DOD TBI Numbers. Penetrating 66; Severe 95; Moderate 2,357; Mild 13,679; Not Classifiable 1. Total All Severities 16,198. Data as of February 16, 2021.

Number of Service Members Diagnosed with TBI

Using the drop-down menu below, locate a DoD Worldwide Numbers for TBI report by calendar year and select download. The report titled "2000-2020 DoD Worldwide Numbers for TBI" will provide the totals of the years combined. Each report will provide totals for each service branch as well as the total for all service branches and TBI types combined for the reporting period.


About the Data

Where do the numbers come from? How are TBI cases defined?

Learn more about where the DOD TBI Worldwide Numbers come from.

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