Combat is more stressful than any training. Security and support operations can also involve heavy stress, even without combat. Mental and physical fitness will help you endure the stress of combat and military operations.
The day-to-day stress that comes with stability and support operations (SASOs) can at times be as bad as that of major combat. Emotionally distracted Soldiers can endanger the mission, the unit, and themselves.
Knowing how you can help yourself, the Soldiers in your unit, your battle buddy, or your family members is important.
Often, just talking to a friend, leader, or health professional who listens, tries to understand, and praises their strengths, is all people need to find their own answers.
The following resources are provided as useful tools to help if someone you know is in distress.
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- Combat & Operational Stress Reactions
Coping with Stress in Stability and Support Operations
OIF/OEF TIPS - Providing Support to Soldiers in Distress: Battle Buddy Aid
OIF/OEF TIPS – Helping a Soldier in Distress for Leaders
Coping with Deployment Separation (Deployed Parent and Caregiver)
Sleep Management and Soldier Readiness: A Guide for Leaders and Soldiers
The Injured and Dead
FM 6-22.5 Combat Operational Stress Control Manual for Leaders and Soldiers March 2009
Chapter 1 Combat and Operational Stress Reaction Identification
Chapter 2 Combat and Operational Stress Prevention, Management, and Control
Chapter 3 Command Leadership Actions and Combat and Operational Stress Control Programs
Chapter 4 Sleep Deprivation
Chapter 5 Potentially Life-Threatening Thoughts and Behaviors