Longer deployments stress troops, make violence targeted at civilians more likely
“The survey of 1,320 soldiers and 447 marines was conducted in August and September of 2006. The military’s report, which drew on that survey as well as interviews with commanders and focus groups, found that longer deployments increased the risk of psychological problems; that the levels of mental problems was highest — some 30 percent — among troops involved in close combat; that more than a third of troops endorsed torture in certain situations; and that most would not turn in fellow service members for mistreating a civilian.”
Color us shocked. Great plan to extend deployments to 15 monthsfrom 12 months, which they did in April, 6 months after this report was submitted. Also, fairly unsure why you would need a report to point out the obvious, again, and then continue to disregard the concerns.