G-1, Human Resources Policy Directorate
Supporting Soldiers, Families & Civilians – Active, Guard, Reserve and Retired
3 September 2008
Do you think that current suicide prevention strategies are presented to all concerned constituencies (i.e. Guard, Reserves)? Why or why not? (there is no single correct answer; for discussion).
Given all the required training and classes Soldiers must receive before being deployed, do you think the suicide prevention message gets lost in the “noise?” Why or why not? (there is no single correct answer; for discussion).
If you think the message is getting lost, how do you improve the “signal to noise ratio”? (there is no single correct answer; for discussion).
What factors do you think contribute to the increase in the Army’s suicide rate when compared to that of other services? (numerous factors may be identified such as lowered recruiting standards; optemps, extension of tours, inadequate time for rest and recovery; prior unavailability of resources to assist Soldiers in transitioning back to a garrison mentality and then back to a theater mentality, etc.).
If you were the Army Surgeon General, what kind of suicide prevention measures would you put in place other than educational classes and the “buddy system”? (for discussion)
Scenario #5 – Pre-deployment
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