G-1, Human Resources Policy Directorate
Supporting Soldiers, Families & Civilians – Active, Guard, Reserve and Retired
3 September 2008
As a unit Commander, do you want to take this Soldier into combat? Why or why not?
You refer the Soldier for a mental status evaluation. The provider responds that the SPC is not currently at a high-risk for suicide. However, the provider also recommends unit watch and follow-up treatment at the mental health center. What should your course of action be?
What are the pros and cons of the various administrative actions available to you regarding this Soldier, such as chapter action versus limited duty versus medivac/hospitalization versus return to full duty?
Many of your Soldiers could have marital problems. Many of them will handle the situation well. Others may become suicidal. Still others may not talk about it. We call the difference between those who handle such stress well and those who do not “resilience”. Are there things you can do to build resilience within your unit?
At what point should Command begin to think in terms of a chapter action or medical board for suicidal Soldiers?
Scenario #3 – Deployed Female