Posted: Jun 11, 2011 9:57 am
by trubble76
Posting in this sub-forum feels a little like wandering into the wrong bar ... :lol:
I thought someone might enjoy this nicely written piece.

When a soldier kills someone at close quarters, how does it affect them? This most challenging and traumatic part of a soldier's job is often wholly overlooked.

Soldiers kill. It goes with the job, and they do it on our behalf.

But it's an aspect of their work which is widely ignored - even by the soldiers themselves - and this can cause them great psychological difficulty, experts say.

"We talk about destroying, engaging, dropping, bagging - you don't hear the word killing”
"A central part of what we do with our careers is we kill the enemies of our country," said Lt Col Pete Kilner, a serving officer in the US Army who has done tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"So it's very important that we understand why, and under what conditions it's the morally right thing to do to kill another human being."

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