Times: "Youngest Troops ‘Most At Risk Of Stress’"

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  1. October 28 2013

    "The youngest and least educated soldiers in the British Army are disproportionately vulnerable to post-traumatic stress disorder, a report has found.

    The study, by the pressure group ForcesWatch, also cited evidence that older soldiers and those with higher levels of education had a greater level of resistance to trauma.

    The report said that veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars who had joined the Armed Forces without GCSEs or Scottish Standards had suffered twice the rate of post-traumatic stress of the wider Armed Forces, with 8 per cent being found to have the condition.

    A quarter of 18 to 24-year-old soldiers reported harmful levels of alcohol intake — twice the average for the Armed Forces and three times that of civilians of a similar age.

    The research also found evidence of criminal convictions for violence by Iraq and Afghan war veterans. Twenty-four per cent of Iraq veterans from the lowest ranks, and thus the youngest, reported behaving violently in the weeks after returning home. The average across Iraq veterans was 13 per cent. Criminal offences for violence are twice as high among Iraq and Afghan war veterans as among the same group before they enlisted.

    The study cited evidence that the suicide rate among soldiers under 20 was three times that of equivalent civilians.

    ForcesWatch campaigns to have the recruitment age of the Armed Forces raised from 16 to 18. The report, The Last Ambush? Aspects of Mental Health in the British Armed Forces, included analysis of 41 studies of veterans commissioned by the Ministry of Defence.

    The report acknowledges that the youngest soldiers, and those without qualifications, are disproportionately recruited into the infantry, which had seven times the rate of fatalities of other military branches in Afghanistan.

    The MoD said the report had failed to state the advantages of service life and that no one could join under the age of 18 without parental permission."

    Youngest troops ‘most at risk of stress’ | The Times

    From the ForcesWatch website:

    Forces Watch | War trauma hits young soldiers hardest: new report


    Forces Watch | ForcesWatch response to the Ministry of Defence's statement about The Last Ambush, 28 October 2013
  2. Does this apply to the Royal Navy as well?
  3. Well that's his/her Mastermind specialist subject sorted then. "Disproportionately" by what measure?
  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Funny old thing, Army infantry are seven times more likely to be injured in combat than a skilled Army trade. I seriously wonder whether "Forces Watch" actually have a scooby what infantry do.

    With regard mental health issues, a snapshot here:

  5. So are that statistics saying that crab women are the maddest of the lot?
  6. That's true, during my time on one of the crab squadrons I was attached too 50% of the WRAF's went to RAF Wroughton for a basket weaving course!

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  7. exJenny

    exJenny War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Did you tip them over the edge?

    Just the thoughts of a blonde ex wren.
  8. No but an old and bold LAEM did! That's another story. :)

    And two of the blokes have had the full gender reassignment job! RAF I must add!

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  9. Bollox. How about those who have left and really feel like filling their garage with pure carbon monoxide? ****ing trust me, some of us want to.

    **** stats. Shit happens to all ages.

    Don't like my post? Blow me!
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  10. Kin hell, let's go for a beer! :(

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  11. Is this why some ships are apparently dry nowadays?
  12. I like it, I like it.

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  13. Some of us want you to do it too.

  14. Cheers Monty. Knew I could rely on you.
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  15. Seaweed

    Seaweed War Hero Book Reviewer

    Perhaps more needs to be understood about the original home life of individual cases.
  16. Blackrat

    Blackrat War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    When I joined, my trade (Combat Radio Operator) allegedly had a lifespan of roughly ten minutes in a combat zone, according to the experts. That shit me up more than the actual combat bit to be honest.
  17. Should have joined the twenty minuters, blackrat(adder)! You would have seen twice as much.

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  18. 250px-Trick_from_the_Sudan.jpg A young troop suffering stress..
  19. I was going to say that:(

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