- March 4th, 2018, 4:51 pm
The stigma exists because the zero tolerance culture of schools infiltrated the military. Programs like the Personnel Reliability Program and most combat arms career fields will immediately strip you of your weapon temporarily or permanently just for seeking help. The only reason I sought help when I did was because I was already unable to arm for the time being. The stigma isn't going to go away as long as policies like that exist.
I was in the largest single squadron in the Air Force and from your piers, you are useless if you seek help because you aren't able to perform your job. From leadership, you are useless because you throw manning numbers off and can't use over manning for more days off or better schedules. We called it the R.O.D. Squad. (Relieved of Duty) All your screwups that were getting UCMJ'd, anyone that has sought mental health help, and anyone that was waiting or recovering from a medical procedure.
The fastest way for leadership to change the stigma is to trust the mental health professionals to make the decision if someone can still preform their job while receiving care. Ultimately, most that are in want to preform their job, but they also want to be sane too. They know that if they seek help, they will be ostracized bey their piers and leadership and unable to do one of the key parts of recovery, that is to be a productive member of the unit.
Bruce Coslet wrote:We can’t run. We can’t pass. We can’t stop the run. We can’t stop the pass. We can’t kick. Other than that, we’re just not a very good football team right now.