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NEVES, Eduardo Borba  and  MELLO, Márcia Gomide da Silva. The risk of the military profession in the city of Rio de Janeiro in "peace time": the perception of the troop. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2009, vol.14, n.5, pp.1699-1707. ISSN 1678-4561.

This study aims at determining the risk perception of Army Military concerning common activities at Military Units of troop in Rio de Janeiro. This mapping might allow taking preventive action when preparing these professionals, reducing their vulnerability. The present study is descriptive and used a qualitative methodological approach. The informers were selected into four military units and divided in three groups: eight officers, eight sergeants and eight corporal/soldiers, summing up 24 informers. It was possible to identify three risk categories noticed by the military in their common Military Units activities: (a) The risk of being a military in a city where urban violence reached the level there is in Rio de Janeiro city; (b) the risk of accidents and; (c) the risk of injuries or chronic pathology related to the exposure to activities that need proper protection, noticed by a number of informants. It can be concluded that the local violence has a great influence on the health of the military, due to the fact that modifies substantially the daily routines and their emotions during the work and that the perception the military have of the risks of their activities is focused on the present moment.

Keywords : Risk; Risk perception; Military; Urban violence; Accidents.

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