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G-1, Human Resources Policy Directorate

Supporting Soldiers, Families & Civilians – Active, Guard, Reserve and Retired

3 September 2008

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1.

Is the present system of screening Soldiers upon their return from theater adequate? Why or why not? (any self-report is dependent upon the willingness of the Soldier to admit to problems; a Command climate free of stigma increases the effectiveness of the screening program).

2.

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 is no single correct answer.)

3.

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? (No single correct answer.)

4.

Has the Army’s decision to take in a lager proportion of Category IV’s affected the incidence of suicide? If so, how? (It has been demonstrated that mental health is correlated to a significant degree with intelligence. Those individuals with low scores frequently bring mental health problems with them when they enlist.)

5.

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? (No single correct answer.)

Scenario #2 – Warrior in Transition

STRATEGIC QUESTIONS and ANSWERS:

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