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Seabee Health Study


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Available Documentation 

Dates Data are Available 

Access Criteria 

Study Characteristics


To further explore increased symptom reporting among U.S. Navy Seabees who served during the Gulf War era

Era of Service

Gulf War 


Enlisted, Reserve, and separated Navy personnel who served on active duty in Seabee commands for at least 30 consecutive days between 8/1/1990 and 7/31/1991

Study Design 

Cross-sectional survey

Time Period 

May 1997 - July 1999




11,868 participants (3,831 Gulf War Seabees, 4,933 Seabees deployed elsewhere, and 3,104 nondeployed Seabees)

Response Rate


Recruitment Method    

Participants were identified from the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and from commercial address-locator services. Participants were invited to participate via mail.


A photograph of the Seabee Memorial in Arlington, VA, a mechanical pencil, or a prepaid telephone calling card

Data Collected

  • Family and personal medical history
  • Current symptoms
  • Current health status
  • Health behaviors
  • Participation in either of the 2 federally sponsored Gulf War Veteran registries
  • Environmental exposures
  • Cognitive failures

Data Collection Method

A survey instrument derived from a previous Seabee/VA survey of Gulf War Veterans was administered by mail.

Funding Source

Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Health Affairs


Primary Investigator: Dr. Gregory C. Gray;

Selected Publications

Gray GC, Reed RJ, Kaiser KS, Smith TC, Gastañaga VM. Self-reported Symptoms and Medical Conditions among 11,868 Gulf War-era Veterans: The Seabee Health Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2002 Jun 1;155(11):1033-44.

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