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Is Anybody Guaging Army Morale?

As of recent date, suicides and personal crises have placed a magnifying lens on the mental state of soldiers and ex-soldiers. I don’t think anyone should be at all surprised at the rise in the overall numbers of military personel dismissed due to “mental illness” labeling. UPI.com in their U.S. News section has published a brief on the subject, Mental illness increases for U.S. troops.

The Army said the number of U.S. soldiers forced to leave the military because of mental disorders increased by 64 percent from 2005 to 2009, USA Today reported Friday.

The size of this increase, if you will note, is by a very disturbing 64%, and that is troubling to say the least.

Last year 1,224 soldiers received a medical discharge for mental illness such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

This figure represents 1 in 9 of all medical discharges or, better than 10%.

The Pentagon reported in May that mental health disorders caused more hospitalizations among U.S. troops in 2009 than any other medical condition.

Not the best of reports I would imagine. It’s a scary thought, don’t you think, crazy soldiers?

I guess there is still an avenue out of the wartime situation for the battle weary combatant in our all volunteer army who feels he or she needs it.