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After the longest period of war in American history, more soldiers are being discharged for misconduct than at any time in recent history, and soldiers with the most combat exposure are the hardest hit. A Gazette investigation based on data obtained through the Freedom of Information Act shows the annual number of misconduct discharges is up more than 25 percent Army-wide since 2009, mirroring the rise in wounded. At the eight Army posts that house most of the service's combat units, including Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, misconductdischarges have surged 67 percent. All told, more than 76,000 soldiers have been kicked out of the Army since 2006. They end up in cities large and small across the country, in hospitals and homeless shelters, abandoned trailers and ratty apartments, working in gas fields and at the McDonald's counter.
One blast, long-term damage...
Mice in a laboratory were exposed to a blast designed to mimic an improvised explosive device, or IED. After recovering for two weeks, the mice were placed in a circular maze. Healthy mice were also tested in the maze. The red line tracks their search for the exit. While both groups struggled at first, by the 16th try, the healthy mice were able to quickly find the exit, but the blast-exposed mice showed little progress. Researchers say the blast-exposed mice had significant cognitive problems and physical brain damage.
After the longest period of war in American history, more soldiers are being discharged for misconduct than at any time in recent history, and soldiers with the most combat exposure are the hardest hit.
9 Generals Fired, 2 Military Leaders Suspended
Nine commanding Generals have been fired, and two other leaders are on suspension, in a historic military shake up.
In our story from last week, we covered the historic occurrence of two top-ranking nuclear chief’s fired....
Remember, as (former White House chief of staff) Rahm Emanuel said, never waste a crisis,” a senior retired general told
TheBlaze on the condition of anonymity because he still provide services to the government and fears possible retribution.
“Even as a retired general, it’s still possible for the administration to make life miserable for us. If we’re working with the government or
have contracts, they can just rip that out from under us,” he said.
Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, an outspoken critic of the Obama administration, said the White House fails to take action or
investigate its own, but finds it easy to fire military commanders “who have given their lives for their country.”
“Obama will not purge a civilian or political appointee because they have bought into Obama’s ideology,” Vallely said. “The White House protects their own. That’s why they stalled on the investigation into fast and furious, Benghazi and Obamacare. He’s intentionally weakening and gutting our military, Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged.”....
...Releasing many of America's nuclear secrets was seen as an essential part of this strategy, since it would signal a new global order in which nuclear know-how was suddenly and irreparably devalued and real security would lie in the collective knowledge that nobody was able to push weaponry beyond the known boundaries. What had been gold would become dross, and the atom would lose power and prestige. Driven by such logic, the Administration made public masses of generalities about nuclear arms, even as specific weapon designs were kept secret.
[n]Now, however, critics charge that the gamble failed -- that the explosion last year of nuclear devices by India and Pakistan and the reports that China has stolen America's top designs for nuclear arms have demonstrated that the test ban is fatally flawed. The depth and breadth of China's spying, they add, makes the world's largest state seem quite hungry for a thoroughly modernized nuclear force, test-ban treaty or no....
reply to post by Habit4ming
OTHD= Other Than Honorable Discharge
TBI= Traumatic Brain Injury
TBI is acknowledged as a condition. Are you saying the lines are blurred between that and PTSD, with the later not being as 'bad' when it comes to benefits and reputation for the government? If so - that makes sense. It's not worth it to join the military anymore - they really make it attractive as a career don't they?
"We don't have any clear diagnosis or any way of showing what functions of the brain the injury affects," said Col. Dallas Hack, director of the Army's Combat Casualty Care Research Program, based in Maryland. "
But the true number affected is hard to know. While the Army tracks how many soldiers are kicked out for misconduct, it does not track how many of them are wounded, a Pentagon spokesman said. Even if the service did, the count would likely be inaccurate because science still has no objective way to identify who is truly injured when it comes to TBI and PTSD.
reply to post by MrSpad
It is common to some extent, but the numbers that are being seen have never happened, ever...
It's clearly showing that what's being done is an attempt to keep the military on budget, by any means necessary.
I was originally looking to do a post on the discrepancy of medical care between soldiers, when I came across this story.
I just had to post it.
And it states in many places in the article what the acronyms are but I will edit the post if it will make it easier.
Or not, 4 hours sure go by fast...
edit on 25-10-2013 by canDarian because: (no reason given)
...after 2 deployments to Iraq and 1 in Afghanistan...