Restore Discipline And End Suicides Argues Army

Army Vice Chief of Staff General Peter Chiarelli urged officers to become more focused on discipline in order to restore an atmosphere in which suicides would not occur. He wants a renewed emphasis on emotional and spiritual health for soldiers and their families and announced the Army Campaign Plan for Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention. Soldiers can expect to encounter more barrack inspections, greater supervision to ensure no drugs and a renewed emphasis on keeping healthy.

This is a nice sounding plan, but the easiest way to prevent risk to soldiers is to cease sending them into areas where people shoot to kill. Asking members of the military to endure one deployment after another is the most certain way to foster feelings of suicide. The strain comes from external factors as much as individual emotions. Reduce external pressures and there will be fewer suicides.