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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.

Do Guardspersons and Reservists have any special needs that must be considered as part of your suicide prevention program? (necessity to readjust from civilian to military and back to civilian; financial pressures are different)

2.

As a Commander, would you permit your unit to be used as subjects in research into suicide prevention? Why or why not? (for discussion; much more research is needed to truly understand suicide and the prevention of suicide.)

3.

Are increasing suicide rates a part of the “unraveling” of the Army spoken of by Gen. (Ret.) Barry McCaffrey? Why or why not? (Many people see increasing suicide rates as but one indication of systemic distress; other indicators include the increasing loss of NCO’s and company grade officers; the need to significantly increase enlistment incentives, etc.)

4.

Do you believe that suicide prevention is not as important in an organization based on a Warrior ethos? Why or why not? (preventing suicidal behavior is part of the warrior ethos – never leave a fallen comrade; some service members may not have actually embraced the warrior ethos).

5.

As a leader, do you feel you have a moral, ethical, or legal obligation to your Soldiers and, by extension, to the safety of your Soldiers? Why or why not? (people are more than expendable items or “human capital”, they are human beings with the same desire to live as you; you certainly have a moral and ethical obligation to your Soldiers, even in spite of the Ferres doctrine; an argument for a legal obligation could be made in cases involving dereliction of duty.)

Scenario #4 – Post-Deployment

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