The basic cause of this idiocy is the all-volunteer army. If you had the draft, the draftee would serve one tour in a combat zone, and he would be done. (I didn't include women, because they are not yet drafted.) Many soldiers, including the National Guard, have had four or five tours in one or both wars. Even one combat tour can cause trauma, but four or five would drive anyone insane. The longer a soldier serves in a combat zone, the more his chances of survival are reduced, and they live with it every day they are deployed or at home.
Whatever your feelings about these wars, these people are trying to defend us. They need a decent rotation schedule and the hope of survival.
This also why you get mercenaries doing a soldier's job.
Pervis James Casey
Nov 10 2009 - 4:22pm