posted on Aug, 25 2010 @ 05:50 PM
This is a real shame. The Army trains you to kill, while desensitizing you to it, then expects these soldiers to come home and just turn it off. While
most can, obviously some can't. Some people may argue that this had to have been a personality trait before being trained to kill, though I beg to
differ. These were probably just ordinary Americans turned into machines to do this country's dirty work and who simply couldn't turn it off.
If you think about it, soldiers are deployed for 15 months. That's 1 1/4 years. All of the other branches (with a few exceptions) only deploy for 6
months or so. 15 months in a combat zone can completely change one's mind. That is enough time to really burn traits into one's mind.
I'm not making excuses for these soldiers because it is their responsibility to keep their mental preparedness in tact, though I'm just trying to
comment on how this happens and the repercussions of taking young men, putting them in an undefined combat zone for so long and sending them signals
of hate, whether intentionally or unintentional, against not only an enemy but an entire population, due to the variables of the theatre.
When in combat, constant combat at that, you are at first scared and anxious, though you can rely on your training, brothers and leadership to pull
you through. Then, as time goes on, you can add experience to get you through, however in order to turn off the fear and make life a little more
comfortable, even if just in your own mind, you have to literally change your mind or way of thinking.
It's hard for anyone to live in fear for 15 months or longer, so naturally soldiers are going to turn that fear off in their brains. It's when they
do this that they risk mental illness, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other mental ailments.
[edit on 25-8-2010 by airspoon]