Developing Desire…

“…the task of the leader in promoting esprit de corps is to develop within each man the desire not only to do what is best for him but what is best for those who fight with him in combat against the enemy. It is esprit de corps that is the basis of unity of effort… Read More

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Eight Ball Soldier…

“Platoon Leader: ‘As a green second lieutenant, I got the impression somewhere that the rough, tough individuals (usually the troublemakers in the company) would necessarily be hot shots in combat … A lot of eight balls were tolerated for that reason … and the truth of the matter is … your best soldiers in garrison… Read More

Associated Impacts & Help Seeking among Military Mental Health Personnel

Research Paper Title Military Mental Health Personnel Deployment Survey: A Secondary Analysis. Background Military mental health personnel (MMHP) have increasingly engaged in deployment-related roles in closer proximity to combat environments. Although studies examining deployment-related outcomes among military health care personnel have found combat exposure (CE) positively related to psychological problems, no studies of MMHP have… Read More

Effective & Inspired…

“Only effective and inspired leadership will carry units to victory in that arduous and finally determining aspect of warfare — ground combat.” Matthew B. Ridgway (1895 to 1993) General Matthew Bunker Ridgway was a senior officer in the US Army, who served as Supreme Allied Commander Europe and the 19th Chief of Staff of the… Read More

Could an Elevated Spindle Oscillatory Frequency in PTSD Indicate a Deficient Sensory-gating Mechanism Responsible for Preserving Sleep Continuity?

Research Paper Title Increased Oscillatory Frequency of Sleep Spindles in Combat-Exposed Veteran Men with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Background Sleep disturbances are core symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but reliable sleep markers of PTSD have yet to be identified. Sleep spindles are important brain waves associated with sleep protection and sleep-dependent memory consolidation. The present… Read More

Could Abnormal Gamma Activities be a proxy for GABA-ergic Interneuron Dysfunction and/or a Promising Neuroimaging Marker of Insidious Mild Head Injuries?

Research Paper Title Marked Increases in Resting-State MEG Gamma-Band Activity in Combat-Related Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Background Combat-related mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is a leading cause of sustained impairments in military service members and veterans. Recent animal studies show that GABA-ergic parvalbumin-positive interneurons are susceptible to brain injury, with damage causing abnormal increases in… Read More

Combat: A Sensation of Life…

“It is a sensation of life. A human being is never so alive as he is in combat. He may feel terror, or he may not, but the prospect of losing his life makes it surge and flare within him. At no other time do his nerves fire with such spark. Never again will he… Read More