With army reservists set to fill gaps left by military cuts, it is time to seriously address their mental health needs The government plans to reduce the number of regulars in the British army to 82,000 by 2018 and increase the role played by reservists, bringing their numbers up to 30,000.
Army reservists’ greater burden must come with greater support
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Both the defence and aid budgets are too narrowly defined. Military presence needs to be backed up by civil aid Whatever his motives, David Cameron’s plan to switch money assigned to the foreign aid budget to defence peacekeeping operations must be applauded.
Cameron is right to give aid money to peacekeeping operations | Richard Norton-Taylor
Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan find little ethical defence in the ‘just war’. Each of us struggles to make peace with our actions In trying to understand the ongoing suicide epidemic among soldiers and veterans a third factor in addition to physical injuries and PTSD is now being discussed: the moral injuries they bring back
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The lonely soldier and the moral scars of war | James Jeffrey
As a prisoner of war held in Dresden, I still suffer the memories of those terrible events and my anger refuses to subside I wasn’t new to murder and bloodletting. I had enlisted two years prior to the outbreak of the second world war and by the time I was 21 I had taken part in one major battle and various smaller ones. I had been in fights where the ground in front of me was littered with the remains of young men who had once been full of the joy of living, laughing and joking with their mates
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I survived the bombing of Dresden and continue to believe it was a war crime | Victor Gregg