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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Will the military ever wise up on military suicides?

General Campbell said he thinks Comprehensive Soldier Fitness is a good thing but the evidence says he has it wrong. This article points out the fact that it has not worked but when you consider they started this approach over 7 years ago, they should have no excuse to continue it. The simple truth is, they only know what they are told, so if they told it works, they believe it. If that doesn't scare the crap out of you, very little else will.
Suicide Prevention 365-Day Focus, says Vice
Fort Stewart Patch
Posted by Kelly (Editor)
September 03, 2013

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sept. 3, 2013) -- September is suicide awareness month and while the Army will highlight suicide prevention this month, the service's vice chief said the effort is year-round.

"This is something we can't just look at in one month," said Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. John F. Campbell. "It has to be a 365-day mission to make sure we can provide our Soldiers with the tools they need to deal with the stressors of everyday life, and help them understand that seeking help is a sign of strength not weakness."

Comparing the March through July 2013 time period to the March through July 2012 time period, Army suicides have gone down slightly -- by about 17. But if January and February are included in those numbers, the Army has so far had the same number of suicides this year as it had last year during the same period: 184. In 2012, the Army had a total of 325 suicides.
One part of the Army's Ready and Resilient Campaign the vice chief considers critical is the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program, responsible for helping Soldiers learn resilience by either becoming master resilience trainers, or by learning resilience at the unit level through Soldiers who have been through the master resilience trainer, or MRT, course.

"I can't stress enough the resiliency piece of it, and this CSF2, tied into MRT," Campbell said. "As I went out and traveled and talked to folks that had gone through the master resilience training ... everybody I've talked to that has been through the MRT has said it has changed their lives and they have been able to impact other Soldiers lives. That's really key."
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