Sunday, May 14, 2006

Bastions of professionalism

I read an interesting article on MSNBC about soldiers suffering from post-tramatic stress syndrome serving additional tours in Iraq.

The Hartford Courant, citing records obtained under the federal Freedom of Information Act and more than 100 interviews of families and military personnel, reported numerous cases in which the military failed to follow its own regulations in screening, treating and evacuating mentally unfit troops from Iraq.

The military stresses cohesion to an almost insane degree, yet they show their true colors with this sort of thing. A lack of bodies forces soldiers with serious issues to be put into situations that will further destroy their mental well being. Oh well, it's about the bottom line right?

Commanders, not medical professionals, have final say over whether a troubled soldier is retained in the war zone.

That's like giving your dissertation to a twelve year old for approval. What does a twelve year old know about astrophysics, anyway? Remember readers, these people are responsible for the lives of your sons and daughters.



Anonymous said...

This scares the bejesus out of me. Might be better if - as a mom of a soldier- I never knew this. But I have worse things dancing thru my head.

Anonymous said...

Yeah. And two years on we read about soldiers doing 3 or 4 tours in one or the other of the two wars we are presently engaged in.