G-1, Human Resources Policy Directorate
Supporting Soldiers, Families & Civilians – Active, Guard, Reserve and Retired
3 September 2008
As LTC’s Commander, you also note changes in his demeanor and mood? What should you do?
Even after consulting with his boss, the LTC seems to continue to deteriorate. As his sergeant major, what would your best course of action be?
In your attempt to talk to the LTC, he remarks, “Don’t give me that suicide sissy prevention crap. If I’m going to commit suicide, no one will know beforehand. The only reason you’re here is because I do your EER. Besides, my problems are none of your business.” How do you respond now?
The LTC comes in one morning and says, “Thanks a lot for tattle-telling on me! Now I’ve been ordered to report to the Community Mental Health Service for a mental status examination! Do you have any idea how humiliating that is? Do you have any idea what this is going to do to my career? Why couldn’t you just mind your own business?” How do you respond?
The next morning you learn that the LTC had gone to one of the ranges and died from a self-inflicted gunshot would to his head. How do you respond?
Scenario #11 – Basic Training Brigade