SUICIDE CONTEST: Study Reveals Game Among Army Commanders to See Who Could Abuse their Subordinates the Worst

Former Army Anthropologist Looking at Suicide Causes Found Numerous Cases of Army Leaders Who Held Competitions to See Who Could “Smoke” their Troops the Worst … and Push them the Brink of Suicide

by Daniel Zwerdling
National Public Radio, Feb. 6, 2014

*Editor’s Note – This story perhaps explains better than any so far in the reporting of military culture, and why so many young men and women would rather die than continue serving in the military. The “toxic leader” issue has been mostly ignored by reporters and experts examining the circumstances behind military suicide. This report is shocking, and in this writer’s opinion, reveals criminal behavior among Army leaders charged with the health and welfare of their subordinates.

http://www.npr.org/2014/01/06/259422776/army-takes-on-its-own-toxic-leaders

Read more articles about the Army’s “Toxic Leaders” and their soldiers who kill themselves to escape from them:

http://www.theleafchronicle.com/article/20130715/NEWS01/307150020/-Toxic-leadership-rare-potent-trigger-Fort-Campbell-suicides

3 Responses

  1. Thank you for bringing “leadership bullying” to the discussion of suicides in the Military. Many of the injured warriors that I have worked with report that when they experienced serious injuries, commanders called them out and shamed them–made their lives even more miserable and painful. Time to learn and practice “Teamwork, Cooperation and Interaction.” (Oscar Ichazo, Arica Institute, Inc.)

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