G-1, Human Resources Policy Directorate
Supporting Soldiers, Families & Civilians – Active, Guard, Reserve and Retired
3 September 2008
You are the First Sergeant of a unit. A twenty year-old active duty PVT (E2) is preparing for her first deployment to Iraq. She recently received an Article 15 for being AWOL. She tells you that her husband has “maxed out” the credit cards, and that the bank is threatening to start foreclosure proceedings if she does not make an immediate house payment. She is feeling quite powerless and overwhelmed.
What you do not know:
1. The PVT has been fighting daily with her husband about the finances.
2. Her drinking has increased.
3. She just increased the amount of death benefits on her insurance.
4. She has been thinking about volunteering for any dangerous mission to end her life.
During your discussion with her, she tells you: “I love my husband, and I have a plan to make sure he is taken care of when I’m gone.”
Scenario #5 – Pre-deployment