G-1, Human Resources Policy Directorate
Supporting Soldiers, Families & Civilians – Active, Guard, Reserve and Retired
3 September 2008
As a Commander establishing a suicide prevention program, to what degree do you consider generational differences, such as “baby-boomers” versus “generation X”?
The Army seems to have provided significant resources to assist the spouse and children of deployed service members. However, there do not appear to be similar agencies/policies to support the significant others of unmarried Soldiers. Is this fair? What more can we, as an organization, do to help support these people?
The Army and her sister services recruit mostly from a pool of young, unskilled individuals. Such individuals, in general, also tend to be socially unskilled. Moreover, we are now recruiting more individuals with criminal backgrounds, pre-existing psychological problems, and lower intellectual skills. Are there ways we can accelerate the social maturity of such individuals, or do we have to wait for development to take it’s time? Does the Army currently have any mechanism for increasing the social skills and maturity of new Soldiers? If so, what are these mechanisms? What additional measures can the Army take to increase the resilience and social maturity of these individuals?
How does a Commander promote help-seeking behaviors within his/her organization?
How does a Commander monitor his/her unit for possible suicidal intent?
Scenario #9 - R&R