G-1, Human Resources Policy Directorate
Supporting Soldiers, Families & Civilians – Active, Guard, Reserve and Retired
3 September 2008
Is the present system of screening Soldiers upon their return from theater adequate? Why or why not?
What can be done within the Army to detect troubled Soldiers earlier, since early intervention works best by preventing a downward spiraling cycle of negative behaviors?
There are those who say that suicide prevention programs are a waste of money since suicide occurs so infrequently, since it is virtually impossible to predict actual suicide, and since there are larger issues to address. These same people feel that the suicide prevention program is largely a public relations response to a series of sensitive issues, such as the conditions at Walter Reed, the lack of adequate armor in theater, the return of thousands of severely injured Soldiers, etc. Do you feel suicide is an important issue to be addressing? Why or why not?
Has the Army’s decision to take in a lager proportion of Category IV’s affected the incidence of suicide? If so, how?
Even though it might increase challenges to recruiting goals, do you think a pre-enlistment screening for psychological stamina and mental health should be implemented? Why or why not?
Scenario #2 – Warrior in Transition