Recruiting stand-down ordered

Probe of Houston suicides prompts wide-ranging action

 

Army Secretary Pete Geren has ordered a stand-down of the Army’s entire recruiting force and a review of almost every aspect of the job is underway in the wake of a wide-ranging investigation of four suicides in the Houston Recruiting Battalion. Poor command climate, failing personal relationships and long, stressful work days were factors in the suicides, the investigation found. The investigating officer noted a “threatening” environment in the battalion and that leaders may have tried to influence statements from witnesses.

 

I'm not going to add to this, they list a few of the problems, already found, in the report.

 

But a 'Stand Down', across the whole Recruiting Force means this is Big and possibly wider, in other area's, than just what happened in the Houston Battalion!!

 

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On October 22, 1967, General William C. Westmoreland paid a surprise visit to the 93rd Evacuation Hospital near Long Binh, South Vietnam. He had come to distribute Purple Hearts. To his chagrin, he arrived first at a medical ward where soldiers were convalescing from various tropical diseases and infections. "Medical wards!" the General yelled. "I don't want to see medical wards. I don't want to see those fakers." Westmoreland's classless quote is recalled by doctors and nurses at the 93rd who were then treating those "fakers" and was recorded for posterity in David Maraniss's Vietnam epic, They Marched Into Sunlight. The message was simple: When it came to the suffering of US soldiers, bombs and bullets were honorable; mosquitoes and microbes were not.

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

Investigation Begins

Defense officials have launched a preliminary investigation into how Stars and Stripes and its former parent organization, American Forces Information Service, handled money for the America Supports You program, a Defense Department spokesman said.

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

 . I must say I got a chuckle about his comment to today about Washington's bad weather mores. It's on Huffington Post. Check out the video.

carol

Already, and also got a chuckle out of it.

Have many times over the years as I remember back to my school days where we didn't have many 'snow days' and walked to a central point for bus pickup, no lines of cars of parents dropping off their kids neither.

Than down here, though the 'black ice' does develope quickly, in the South it's a hoot when a dusting hits, still don't know where all the bread and milk go, picked up as the forecast starts scaring everyone.

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

If you want to check out the site, Recovery .Gov,  he mentions here is the link. Nothing posted their yet but a general message,

carol

I think I read that these recruiters had served time in Iraq and on return were given recruitment duties. Are these recruitment positions assigned or posted for volunteers?

It used to be either or, mostly it was a requested position, but not sure now, I would think though that it is with a recommendation from their previous command, and yes these recruiters, or alot of them, have had tours in either one or both theaters.

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

Suicides continue alarming rise in military

Defense conference to tackle troubling persistence of untreated problems

Suicide rates among active-duty U.S. military personnel are continuing to rise even as the Defense Department dedicates more resources to identifying troubled service members and getting them the help they need, NBC News has learned.

At least 125 soldiers were confirmed to have killed themselves in 2008, compared with 115 in 2007, 102 in 2006 and 87 in 2005, a senior defense official told NBC News. Last year’s figure is likely to rise even higher, because the Army is investigating at least 17 other deaths as possible suicides.

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

The Hidden Casualties Of War

CBS Evening News Investigates Staggering Domestic Violence Numbers When U.S. Soldiers Return From Iraq, Afghanistan

Abused Military Wife Speaks Out

"Only On The Web:" Katie Couric speaks with dometic violence victim Jessacia Patton about the abuse she faced when her soldier husband returned from Iraq.

{There are two other video's at page link}

The Army is cracking down on sexual abuse in the ranks. One-third of service-women and 6 percent of servicemen say they've been victims. This week, the army said it will hire more prosecutors to bring perpetrators to justice. Meanwhile, critics say the military needs to do more about another crime women, being assaulted, beaten, even raped by their military husbands or boyfriends. A CBS News investigation finds more than 25,000 spouses and domestic partners have been attacked over the past decade. Nearly 90 spouses have died. The numbers are growing.

It can be as deadly as combat: Domestic violence in the U.S. military.

Nineteen-year-old Spc. Brandon Bare is accused of killing his own wife.

Jessacia Patton is a survivor.

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

Army recalls body armor amid safety fears

Military takes action as precaution after audit highlights flawed testing

U.S. Army Secretary Pete Geren has ordered the recall of more than 16,000 sets of body armor following an audit that concluded the bullet-blocking plates in the vests failed testing and may not provide soldiers with adequate protection.

The audit by the office of the Defense Department inspector general, not yet made public but obtained by The Associated Press, faults the Army for flawed testing procedures before awarding a contract for the armor.

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

Whoever was in the chain responsible for supplying  this stuff should face possible criminal prosecution. I don't mean the sergeant who handles supplied but I do mean those responsbility for maintaing quality standards, etc.

carol