This is a perfect example of the shallow power drunk mindset of military logic.
If you won't change we'll beat it into you!
Well, get a number, wait in line. Not going to work because we are after all dealing with biological lifeforms, not metal you only heat and beat into
submission. Humans are not steel and Kevlar machines you gas up, oil and throw into battle.
is one of the most addictive substances in the public apothecary. The withdrawals are worse
than Heroin's. The actual backlash from such a sanction would be devastating for the military, like pulling the eyeglasses off a driver who is
already barely staying on the road at the high speeds they push these good men and woman to drive themselves.
Most of these people are not given coping mechanisms in dealing with the conditions of stress and isolation, let alone the horrors of the constant
fears of attack from insurgents, IEDs or being dropped in a hostile culture where they are not liked or trusted. The stress is life-changing for these
young people. Not for the good either. A chaplain can't help. A field therapist would just be, like the chaplain only trained to get them back into
battle or boot them over to non-critical duty if they can't help them.
(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is what most bring home from the theater
of war. These are real sometimes life debilitating illness and psychological issues that hurt them, their family and society for the loss of such
otherwise productive special people who gave their young lives to defend what is left of our freedoms. God Bless them.
But, only now is the military even recognizing such. And, only to deflect a shot over their bow of common sense. Or lack therein.
Nicotine is one of the most interesting psychoactive substances known to biochemistry and Psychopharmacology because it can change it's role
according to it's users need.
If you are stressed it acts as a calmative and relaxant. If you are tired or otherwise depressed it can act as a stimulant and fatigue-fighting
I could say more, but don't want to sell this substances use, because it is also so addictive that people will kill themselves to keep it in their
Without coping mechanisms in the fields of battle, many more would take damage to their emotional and psychological being.
is worse than a nicotine addiction in that we can deal with the physical
reality and the biochemical implications of substance addiction. Psychological damage is another thing entirely.
I'll wager the military will slowly put their tail between their legs and back off when they realize the complexity, and in fact, the impossibility
of dealing with the resulting reality backlash and officials insufficient knowledge to deal with the resulting problems this will bring.
I am all for some of the military spending to develop a treatment or safe methodology to apply to their people in uniform and the public in general.
Sure! PLEASE DO!
Do it after we find that beating people into submission is archaic, ignorant and of no real value for anyone but our enemies. What they want to do is
good. How they do it is not recommended, and there are other considerations they will have to be aware of.