G-1, Human Resources Policy Directorate
Supporting Soldiers, Families & Civilians – Active, Guard, Reserve and Retired
3 September 2008
As this unit’s commander, you are surprised to find yourself thinking about suicide. Your mission has been brutal on you and your Soldiers. You have lost a number of Soldiers. The demands on you are incredible, and you cannot seem to obtain adequate rest. You find yourself easily distracted. You have lost about 20 pounds over the past 3 months. You have concerns that your wife is not being faithful, and you miss your children. On top of all this, your First Sergeant informs you that the SPC is probably suicidal and almost certainly depressed. What is your course of action?
How do you, as the unit Commander, “keep your hand on the pulse” of your unit’s psychological health?
How does one, as in this case, sever ties with a unit member who is going to be medically boarded in such a way as to maintain unit morale while also contributing to the psychological health of the separated soldier? Is this even possible? Is it even desirable?
The Soldier appears to be withdrawing socially. He has asked his girlfriend not to visit, and he has requested that staff not permit you to visit him. How should you respond?
Do you gauge the capability, as the unit commander, to influence the course of this SPC’s treatment and recovery? How?
Scenario #8 - Post-Deployment