YOUR OPINION: Thoughts on War Consequences and Creating “Sociopathic Warriors” in the US Military
by Capt. Black Adder
The Military Suicide Report, Oct. 12, 2012
Note: The following is reprinted from insightful reader commentary from Capt. Black Adder in response to post titled, “Fish Oil, Nasal Spray and Apps … Welcome to the Business of Military Suicide” published Oct. 10, 2012 on The Military Suicide Report.
As it was in the beginning, history continues to confirm that humanity is now and ever shall be unwilling to face the reality that all behavior has certain known consequences.
And as this pertains to war, our continued denial that we will always have the wounded among our warriors, and that the ranks of our wounded will continue to swell throughout the war fighting, and well beyond, shows our cowardice to simply look at the facts.
War has Immutable Consequences: There will always be some level of casualties among those who fight our wars.
Society, civilians and those who serve, must realize that:
1. The military is not, nor has it ever been a “social service” agency. The military is first and foremost charged to protect and defend this nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Anyone who joins the military has effectively signed a blank check to this nation “for an amount of up and to their life”.
2. The military has “X” amount of dollars to use to cover everything including care i.e., physical, emotional/mental, and spiritual care.
3. All officers are expected to put the mission first, which means that the needs of their troops collectively and individually, must be weighed in context to the mission. Military caregivers, such as doctors, therapists, chaplains, and others share equally in the requirement of their fellow officers to “put the mission first”. Therefore, they are expected to do everything possible to keep those boots on the ground moving forward on mission. And this literally translates into slapping as many physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual Band-Aids on Johnny and Jane in order to meet mission.
4. In reality, like vehicles, weapons, and other property acquired by each branch of the services is based on certain qualities and attributes needed to perform various missions. Our troops are simply a form human property acquired too because of their qualities and attributes which are needed to achieve various branch specific missions.
AND-like any other equipment, whether it has reached its mandatory “sell by date” or in need of repairs that outweigh the benefit to the military, they are disposed of. You don’t have to like it-but its reality-and the way it has to be, unless we want to add a “social service” agency requirement to an already strained military mission.
SENIOR MILITARY “leaders” NEED TO UNDERSTAND:
1. The military’s efforts to create a pharmaceutical” solution to administer to troops heading into battle, to numb them to the mental, emotional, and spiritual challenges of war, and thus create sociopathic warriors, is at best damnable. The administration of such a solution would forever rob them of their God-given humanity, and most certainly deny them the chance to ever return home in as a healthy member of society.
And if we’ve learned anything from the “experiments” we have conducted on our troops-much of which is denied-until the proof becomes impossible to acknowledge, a pharmaceutical solution of this magnitude must never be used upon our troops.
2. There is no “one-size” fits all solution to “fix” the emotional, spiritual, and mental wounds carried by those who have fought our nation’s wars. Every human, is unique in design, and has his/her own individual physical mental, emotional, and spiritual, characteristics.
Through some basic testing, we know something about the mental/educational level, aptitudes, moral/legal history, and general physical status of those who are attempting to join the military.
However, despite the knowledge we have of those who are accepted into the ranks of our military, we know very little about their psychological status, spiritual and moral belief systems. These “unknowns” are in reality the primary factors that will in the end greatly impact their resilience to the natural effects of war.
3. In their feeble attempts to remove the yolk of blame for the historically high suicides rates and mental/emotional health crisis within their ranks, our “Echelons Above Reality”, senior military leaders have shown themselves to be comfortable in taking reactionary driven, defensive positions far removed from reality of which they speak.
Aside from their obvious tactical blunder of forgetting that “Wars are not won by playing defense”, their knee jerk responses, blame casting, and expensive, yet flaccid responses, to the public outcry about soldier suicides, and emotional injuries been 100% ineffective, and unnecessary.
The Bottom Line Up Front
The military must at all times be able to respond quickly and effectively to threats upon this nation, with the resources it has on hand. Military members who cannot perform their duties, and whose treatment needs exceed the limited care resources on hand threaten the ability of their unit to accomplish the mission.
Providing for the long-term mental, emotional and spiritual care for soldiers is and always has been outside of the scope of the military and runs counter to the mission of the military, and as such must come from non-military agencies. The responsibility for their long-term care then falls upon the civilian government, and society who has called upon the services of our returning wounded warriors.