Army will begin training designed to curb suicides

Thursday, July 30, 2009 12:39 PM
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COLUMBIA — The Army's top general says the service will begin a new training program Oct. 1 to help soldiers deal with the stress of combat and to prevent suicides.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey sits in on a Battlemind Basic Training class during a tour today at Fort Jackson, S.C. The Army's top general says the service will begin a new training program Oct. 1 to help soldiers deal with the stress of combat and to prevent suicides. Seated with the Gen. Casey are Dr. Amy Adler of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (left) and Brig. Gen. Rhonda Cornum.  Mary Ann Chastain/Associated Press
Mary Ann Chastain/Associated Press
Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey sits in on a Battlemind Basic Training class during a tour today at Fort Jackson, S.C. The Army's top general says the service will begin a new training program Oct. 1 to help soldiers deal with the stress of combat and to prevent suicides. Seated with the Gen. Casey are Dr. Amy Adler of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (left) and Brig. Gen. Rhonda Cornum.

Gen. George Casey, the Army chief of staff, told reporters at Fort Jackson today that the training will begin within a soldier's first week in basic and continue through all levels of Army education.

The Army has struggled to curb a surge in suicides. Gen. Casey says he is frustrated by the numbers and believes the Army hasn't done enough to give soldiers skills to fight stress, both in combat and when they return home.

Fort Jackson is scheduled to add more soldiers as the Army grows by 22,000 over the next 18 months.


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