Army Cracks Down on Deserters
The Army is cracking down on deserters. Many of them have already been to Iraq or Afghanistan, and are just stressed out.
“They are scraping to get people to go back, and people are worn out,” said Dr. Thomas Grieger, a senior Navy psychiatrist. Though there are no current studies to show how combat stress affects desertion rates, Dr. Grieger cited several examples of soldiers absconding or refusing to return to Iraq because of psychiatric reasons brought on by wartime deployments.
At an Army base in Alaska last year, for example, “there was one guy who literally chopped off his trigger finger with an axe to prevent his deployment,” Dr. Grieger said in an interview.
Others may not have been true volunteers in the first place, but a result of high-pressure tactics and decreased enlistment standards:
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