It’s very difficult to find statistics on how PTSD affects each branch of the military. But when dealing with PTSD peer support training for members of the military, it’s important to remember how members of the military can suffer.
Marines: While it’s not always the case, Marines are often known for being first in/last out. When you know that you could be involved in a conflict anywhere in the world in the next 12 hours, it can create stress. Of course, the conflict itself is also incredibly intense, and they end up seeing stuff that no one should ever have to see, and even do things that no teenager should ever have to do. Likewise…
Army: Anyone with boots on the ground is face to face with not only the enemy but also civilians who are caught in the crossfire. Those in the Army get close to people and fellow soldiers only to see them fall right in front of them. Of course, it’s not just combat but the constant threat of combat that can lead to problems needing PTSD peer support.
Air Force: A majority of those in the Air Force will not see combat, and those flying bombers never see the faces of those under the plane. But that doesn’t mean that they’re not extrapolating the suffering they cause. Also, drones haven’t been around long enough to see if the killing they do is affecting the drone pilots, but it’s something to watch out for.
Navy: While we’re not currently fighting wars that put Navy vessels in direct danger, there are still great stresses that a member of the Navy can encounter. If they’re not in tight, confined spaces underwater, then they might be on the deck of a ship where departing jets could blow them over the edge. Navy ships can also work as a mobile hospital, so returning casualties are always something that a member of the Navy might run into.
We know that there are different needs of PTSD peer support training depending on the branch. Find out more about how you can help.