G-1, Human Resources Policy Directorate
Supporting Soldiers, Families & Civilians – Active, Guard, Reserve and Retired
3 September 2008
The Soldier is an eighteen year old, active duty PVT (E2) whose unit will deploy to Iraq by the end of next month. This is his/her first deployment. He/she has heard many horrifying war stories from veterans who have deployed to Iraq. He/she suddenly feels quite uncomfortable with thought of deploying to Iraq. Every day he/she is becoming more and more anxious about this deployment. He/she is feeling quite powerless and overwhelmed. He/she has heard about several ways to avoid deployment. Frequently, he/she has been told that, to avoid being deployed, make a suicide gesture. As everyday passes, he/she finds him-herself thinking more and more about this COA.
The Soldier is talking to the First Sergeant about these thoughts.
What the First Sergeant does not know:
1. Your drinking has increased.
2. You are having panic attacks.
3. You are very fearful about getting killed in Iraq.
During your discussion, he/she tells the First Sgt.: “I can’t go on this deployment. I will do whatever it takes not to deploy.”
Scenario #1 – Pre-deployment