Quote: Originally Posted by Ocean Breeze
Looking bad on a service record is a shameful reason not to seek help...
Sadly, it is also a common reason not to seek help, and not only in the armed forces. Anybody's armed forces.
....as it is part of that overall attitude . Folks who seeks help should be respected for doing so. Too many don't for the various masons we know of......and things end up in major tragedies. (usually family related or even mass killings)
I agree completely, but that doesn't change the fact that somebody who reports for mental health issues is necessarily taken off the job. I think it should be treated exactly like if the soldier broke his ankle on duty.
We're getting there. Not quickly enough, but the barriers are dropping.
The military actually works hard to take care of its people. I've had many jobs since I got out, and not a one of them gave a damn less if I was suffering, as long as I showed up for work. The Air Force took care of me.
Reality is : if someone cannot / should not be in the military it is better to deal with it before things get worse. Perhaps the screening of applicants should include psych testing too. The military is a very stressful profession........tosay the least. Not everyone is cut out for it.
Screening of applicants does include psych testing, on an ongoing basis. Far more, as I have said, than in any other job I've ever held.
I agree more should be done, and particularly the military needs to work faster to take down the barriers to seeking mental health treatment. But you seem to think the U.S. military is working like a John Wayne tough-guy movie. It isn't.