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Gen. Casey Tours New Ft. Jackson Mental Health School

US Army Training Center & Fort Jackson
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After reading this article, it would appear that the Army has finally decided they must do something to secure the mental health of the soldiers.  Although I am not sure if this “school” will really do any good, I have to applaud the Army for addressing the issue.  Maybe, over time, the boys in the service will finally get a fair deal and have the issues of war that are embedded into their psyches acknowledged and treated properly.
Please feel free to visit the original article post and leave any comment you need to there; or just leave me a comment here if you want.
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By Joseph Kasko
Published: April 12, 2010

FORT JACKSON, S.C. –The Army’s top general toured South Carolina’s Fort Jackson to inspect the changes in basic training to improve mental health.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey visited Monday with senior leaders at the Army’s largest training and combat instruction post.

Casey toured a new school where sergeants and young officers learn positive approaches toward mental health to reduce suicide and post-traumatic stress.

“It was clear to me after my time in Iraq that we’re going to be at this for a while,” said Casey.

“The human mind and body wasn’t made to deal with repeated combat deployments, one after the other. So we had to give every soldier the opportunity to and the skills to deal with those challenges,” he said.

The 10-day course is formally known as Master Resilience Training.

Casey said the Army currently has 1,000 master resilience trainers and he hopes to one in every battalion by the end of the year.

He said, however, there is still resistance to mental health training in the military.

“We’ve been working very hard since 2007 to drive down the stigma for getting treatment for post-traumatic stress or mild-traumatic brain injury,” said Casey.

“My expectations for this, is that it is gradually embraced by the Army and becomes part of our culture.”

He said about half of Army personnel have taken a mental health assessment test.

“I expect our discussions about mental fitness to be open and frank and to contribute to our definition of what success is.”

Casey said the Army has budgeted $125 million for the program over the next five years, which he called an “investment” in their soldiers.

He said the Army has been working on the program for two years, after militarizing a similar program developed at the University of Pennsylvania.

During the visit, Casey also examined the new standards for physical fitness training which focus on building core body strength.

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