Over the last decade of war, more American soldiers have died by their own hand than from enemy attacks. The U.S Army has just released a report that high-risk behavior among soldiers – including drug abuse and alcholism – are killing more troops than “terrorists”. What is suprising is that this report comes from the U.S. Army.
Not only that but our troops are freely given bottomless prescriptions for amphetamines and high-potentcy pain killers. Additionally soldiers are committing 5,000 more misdemeanors each successive year and instances of rape and domestic abuse are up 177% in the last six years.
The Army also waives applicants who would have previously been barred from service for felony convictions and drug abuse.
Of 80,403 waivers granted since 2004, the report found that 47,478 were granted to people with a history of drug or alcohol abuse, misdemeanor crime or “serious misconduct,” which it defined as felony.
Tired of reading? NPR lays it all out aurally.
Apparently Call of Duty doesn’t prepare anyone for real warfare.
The good news is this, MAPS is working diligently, and succeeding, at helping treatment-resistant PTSD soldiers with the use of MDMA (ecstasy). If done correctly this generation of soldiers may use psychoactive empathy chemicals to successfully create and lead a vision from the Army’s past: the First Earth Battalion – real Jedis.
Field manual here.