Technology Can Help with Combat Operational Stress
By Major Marek M. Sipko, U.S. Marine Corps
Men and women who participate in combat operations have always been affected by the experience. Persistent reactions to operational stress are clearly identifiable in the literature of antiquity, and military surgeons have described characteristics since at least the 18th century. The specific reactions have changed somewhat from generation to generation and war to war, but much has not. Terror is still terror; grief is still grief. Courage, honor, and self-sacrifice play the role they always have in military operations.1
Major adverse operational stress reactions are similar to those of the American Civil War and the wars of the 20th century. Current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are not much different, with the constant threat of improvised explosive devices. IEDs have taken a heavy toll on our forces; the stress of expecting an explosion must be tremendous.