I have attended many of the American Psychiatric Association’s lectures and programs put on by the head psychiatrists at Walter Reed and other research facilities. I follow the military suicide report daily and have for a long time. It is frustrating that the military has done little except push pills.
One of the big problems is that the soldiers know that if they speak to a psychiatrist, they are gone. The Marines refer to psychiatrists as “Wizards” as they make soldiers disappear! Top that off with the 180 day supply of benzo’s they have been giving soldiers in the field and you have created an accident waiting to happen.
I spoke with a psychiatrist from Ft. Hood who was leaving. She mentioned that the normal staffing was 12 psychiatrists and when she left, there would be 4 remaining. Granted, this is where the psychiatrist shot the soldiers after not being able to find the Head Psychiatrist who would not block his being sent to Afghanistan.
The primary problem is due to the development of self that current soldiers have that was not the case in past wars. I spoke of this when I presented to a military think tank at the Naval Intelligence Office in Arlington VA just as we were entering the first Gulf War. I explained that the current soldiers would be less likely to follow orders and more likely to blame themselves for their individual actions than soldiers of previous wars. It’s exactly what has happened.