Iraq Fatigue Drops British Soldier Morale

A study conducted last fall of soldiers in the armed forces of Great Britain revealed a low level of morale and increasing fatigue with life in the military. At least half of those serving in the army consider on a regular basis the desirability of submitting their resignation due to low pay, poor equipment, and low morale. Many are upset at the necessity of fighting in both Afghanistan and Iraq which requires long periods of separation from family and when finally being able to get home, they quickly must return to the stress of combat.

Last fall, General Sir Richard Dannatt, said soldiers felt “devalued, angry and suffering from iraq fatigue.” The report figures bear out that statement. three fifths of members of the Army believe morale is “low” or “very low.” three fourths of those serving in the RAF feel the same way as do 38% of the navy.

Part of the problem is the lack of any sense the military is succeeding or that there are clear goals as to what must be accomplished. It is a quagmire and soldiers on the front line do not believe their superiors know how to extract them from it.