G-1, Human Resources Policy Directorate
Supporting Soldiers, Families & Civilians – Active, Guard, Reserve and Retired
3 September 2008
A 23 year old, active duty SPC has been deployed to Afghanistan for 8 months. He is going home on R & R and wants to surprise his family and girlfriend. In fact, he hopes to propose marriage to his girlfriend of four years. Upon arrival, he learns that his girlfriend is pregnant by another man. He is devastated.
You are a friend of this SM.
You do not know:
This SM is very depressed.
This SM is abusing alcohol.
He feels as though there is nothing else to live for.
He has purchased a weapon.
During the conversation, this SM states, “While in Afghanistan, thinking about her helped me to cope. I can’t see myself living without her.”
Scenario #9 - R&R