Doing a search through the new Army Noncommissioned Officer guide, the words PTSD, TBI, combat stress, or psychology are absent. How one can be expected to be a leader of soldiers but not be expected to have any clue what happens in a soldier’s head is a dismal failure and one that the Army just cannot seem to grasp.
60,000 veterans have committed suicide in the past decade. Maybe if that number was doubled, would that mean anything to the so-called leadership?
What will it take for our military to view us as humans instead of simply pawns? Sure, you can play the whole “army tough,” bullshit, but at some point, humans have a breaking point. Especially when in one of the most stressful forms of employment with zero stability.
Our soldiers and leaders deserve better.
Understanding psychology should be a standard portion of leadership training, instead of the typical rounds of useless information that were the hallmark of my Noncommissioned Officer training and board preparation between 2005 and 2014. Browsing through Twitter, mental health has a slightly better place in the military than when I was active, but that is a house of cards, and sure, a 1% improvement is an improvement, but how much value does that actually translate to?
Considering I had at least two suicide attempts, I can remember, and I was continuously greeted with being called a pussy seeking attention (newsflash, I was seeking care, but *helping* attention), which did nothing but isolate me more.
Those leaders have not left the Army, and they trained a new generation of leaders. The toxicity of this behavior towards mental health is a detriment to our force.