What do a lot of soldiers at the end of their tour have to look forward to? A low chance of getting hired back home, skills won't be applicable, PTSD, Low pay, jobs where people don't respect you, trouble with crime, etc. I'd feel a bit hopeless too.
Ive had the DoD suicide awareness and prevention training. One huge reason for it is how multiple deployemnts have broken up young families.<br />
For instance, HS sweethearts get married right outnof HS. They buy a house in Killeen. He gets deployed within a few months. He gets hazard pay. The young wife, 19 yo, rolling in more money than she has ever seen, and very lonely... takes a lover and stats spending the money. The soldier return from war, finds out that not only is he broke, but another man is living under his roof with his wife.<br />
Its a surprisingly common story.
Mentally ill civilians enlist in the military because they cannot succeed in civilian life. They need to be cared for and told what to do. Therefore, it is not so much the case that military life does it to a person as it is the case that the people who make a transition from civilian life to military life are nuts in the first place.
Yes. Military life is an escape for civilians who feel civilian life is hopeless because they don't have the means to care for themselves, so they will join the military to let the government do it for them.
Bullshit. Soldiers may have made a career choice you can't get your head around, but that doesn't make them somehow mentally defective. Your arrogance is indicative of issues of your own, now that you raise the topic of mental illness.
I'm not suggesting that, and so neither will I defend myself against it. Civilians will lie about their backgrounds to be accepted into the military, just as civilians will lie about their backgrounds to get civilian job promotions and everything else.
Every generalization has exceptions. But my point still holds. And so long as you contend I have it wrong, then what is your better explanation for the military's high suicide rate?
it's a lie
just like other myths to keep you not to ask the real questions
I think it has a lot to do with the fact that we aren't the good guys in the world anymore. You get to a hell hole like Iraq or Afghanistan and find out we are, in fact, the bad guys and it's got to be hard to live with, killing people for no good reason.
They got rid of don't ask don't tell.
Active duty suicides are up slightly from 2011 to 2012. You also need to realize that with one war over and the other winding down there are far less troops in combat now than in 2011.
You're making the assumption that reduced combat automatically means less stress on soldiers. I don't know the numbers off the top of my head but I know suicide is a huge problem in the border control sector. Your "statistical anomoly" would be like me saying "Look at this, I get the same mpg in my car, but I only fill up once every 2 weeks now instead of every week... By the way I only drive half as much as I did before"
Yes, it means that we are not raising most of our kids to be anything but ******* that break down under stress, and the strong ones have been so effective that the combat casualties are amazingly low.
If what you propose is true, then it would have to be. There have always been military suicides by the weak-minded. The only difference is that in previous wars the media didn't think it was in the national interest to publicize it. Nowadays the media doesn't care...
Did you know the only part of the military that defends the U.S. is the National Guard and many of them get deployed now as well?
Blame congress for giving the preisdent the right to send troops places without declaring war. you're about ten years too late to be outraged.
Not really, I got out before they could deploy me and opted out of the reserves or national guard. I was just pointing out that the U.S. military is obviously a great big mass of misinformation in relation to the question.
I was a captain in the Air Force and our only active role was force projection into foreign countries. Coast guard is not truly military. Navy is about nuclear projection to "defend" under mutually assured destruction. I think they pretend they can take out submerged nuclear platforms before they strike, but I think most intelligent people will agree, the first strike will not be stopped and the retaliatory strike can only be denied if the victim of the first strike flinches.