G-1, Human Resources Policy Directorate
Supporting Soldiers, Families & Civilians – Active, Guard, Reserve and Retired
3 September 2008
PFC Jones has been the subject of considerable verbal abuse and bullying by SPC Smith. On several occasional, PFC Jones has come to you, as her battle buddy, crying and complaining of the treatment she is receiving at the hands of SPC Smith. On more than one occasion, you have spoken with SPC Smith and asked her to stop bullying PFC Jones. This morning, SPC Smith told Jones that she would “…come for her tonight and teach her a lesson.” Hearing this, you tell your platoon sergeant what is happening. She promises to speak with SPC Smith and, indeed, she orders SPC Smith to stay away from, and stop bullying, PFC Jones. That night, SPC Smith went to PFC Jones’ room and beat her severely, though not severely enough to require medical treatment. A bloody and bruised PFC Jones comes to you and states, “I just can’t take this any more!”
What you don’t know:
1. PFC Jones has a history of being abused physically and emotionally.
2. PFC Jones just received a “Dear Jane Letter”.
3. PFC Jones’ mother is quite ill.
4. PFC Jones has been periodically having thought of suicide.
At one point in your conversation, PFC Jones states, “It’s just not worth it any more.”
Scenario #12 – Deployed PFC