G-1, Human Resources Policy Directorate
Supporting Soldiers, Families & Civilians – Active, Guard, Reserve and Retired
3 September 2008
What would be the best response to the Captain’s statement, “I should have died with my men.”?
How soon should the Captain be returned to his leadership position?
Do you think this Captain is imminently suicidal? Why or why not?
Does the fact that this Captain failed to return fire on the enemy after two of his Soldiers were gunned down have any bearing on your actions?
In talking with this officer, he states that he worries his own inattention and distractibility may place his soldiers’ lives in jeopardy. He feels he is currently unfit to be leading Soldiers in battle. He also admits to frequent, intrusive thoughts regarding events that occurred during his first deployment? How do you respond?
Following another consultation with mental health, the PVT is diagnosed as having a bipolar disorder. The provider explains that, in such a disorder, rapid and substantial mood swings are likely. The provider also explains that the PVT is not responding to medications for this disorder. What course of action do you think best in such a situation?
Scenario #6 – Deployed Captain