G-1, Human Resources Policy Directorate
Supporting Soldiers, Families & Civilians – Active, Guard, Reserve and Retired
3 September 2008
A 27 year-old, active duty Captain (O3) is in his third month of his second deployment. This deployment has brought back many painful memories from his first deployment. Up to this point in time, he has been able to cope with the memories. However, on a recent patrol, two guys in his unit were gunned down by insurgents. He failed to fire back at the enemy. Now that he is safely back in the rear area, he finds himself obsessed with this incident. He cannot understand why his men were killed but he is still alive.
He is talking about the firefight with his boss, who does not know:
1. He is struggling with recurrent, intrusive thoughts from his first deployment.
2. He failed to fire back at the enemy during the firefight.
3. He is feeling guilty about the deaths of his Soldiers.
4. He now has frequent thoughts about joining his dead comrades.
At some point in the conversation, he states “I should have died with my men.”
Scenario #6 – Deployed Captain