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10. Army: GI morale low in Iraq
Edited on Thu Jul-21-05 08:56 AM by leftchick
WASHINGTON -- A majority of U.S. soldiers in Iraq say morale is low, according to an Army report.

But soldiers' mental health has improved from the early months of the insurgency, and suicides have declined sharply, the report said.

The Army sent a team of mental health specialists to Iraq and Kuwait late last summer to assess conditions and measure progress in implementing programs to fix mental health problems discovered during a similar survey of troops a year earlier. Its report, dated Jan. 30, 2005, was released Wednesday.

The initial inquiry was triggered in part by an unusual surge in suicides among soldiers in Iraq in July 2003. Wednesday's report said suicides in Iraq and Kuwait declined from 24 in 2003 to nine last year.

Edit: Here is another version...

The occupation forces in Iraq suffer "psychological stress"

An Army report says that the majority of the American soldiers in Iraq reported morale problems, with psychological stress weighing heavily specially among National Guard and Reserve troops.

Fifty-four per cent of the U.S. occupying soldiers in Iraq, questioned as part of an Army survey, stated that morale in their individual units was either "low" or "very low".

The report, dated January 30, 2005, provides a snapshot of the morale and mental health of soldiers serving in Iraq and Kuwait from August to October last year.

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  -Most soldiers in Iraq report low unit morale: army study maddezmom  Jul-20-05 12:45 PM   #0 
  - the fault of the liberal media  central scrutinizer   Jul-20-05 12:46 PM   #1 
  - What do you expect when ordered to torture P.O.W.s at your Prison  saigon68   Jul-20-05 12:49 PM   #2 
  - Why do these soldiers hate America?  tabasco   Jul-20-05 12:53 PM   #5 
  - Today's weather in Baghdad - high 120F low 87F  Burried News   Jul-20-05 12:50 PM   #3 
  - Scattered bomb showers 90% chance, some likely heavy.  Jacobin   Jul-20-05 12:53 PM   #4 
  - prolonged periods of  obxhead   Jul-21-05 10:21 AM   #30 
  - Holy criminy  Eloriel   Jul-20-05 01:03 PM   #6 
  - It's not the heat, it's the humanity  Bucky   Jul-21-05 09:16 AM   #24 
  - "However, the team, which conducted the assessment in Iraq  PunkPop   Jul-20-05 01:07 PM   #7 
  - My friend's brother's report from Iraq:  Hobarticus   Jul-20-05 01:07 PM   #8 
  - Damn. That's bad.  Bucky   Jul-21-05 09:15 AM   #22 
     - Best guy in the world, really.  Hobarticus   Jul-21-05 09:26 AM   #27 
  - kick  Moderator   Jul-21-05 09:10 AM   #9 
  - Army: GI morale low in Iraq  leftchick   Jul-21-05 09:10 AM   #10 
  - This was in Hartford paper as "Army morale is improving"  Atman   Jul-21-05 09:10 AM   #11 
  - I can't even imagine what it's like for those soliders  arnheim   Jul-21-05 09:10 AM   #12 
  - duh! now bring them home!  xchrom   Jul-21-05 09:10 AM   #13 
  - What do you bet  vickitulsa   Jul-21-05 09:10 AM   #14 
  - Wait till they all come home, en masse.......  KzooDem   Jul-21-05 09:10 AM   #15 
  - Believe me, I'm waiting. Two of my former students are over there.  Bucky   Jul-21-05 09:10 AM   #17 
  - This is already happening.  vickitulsa   Jul-21-05 09:22 AM   #26 
  - On the one hand it's really heartening to hear suicide numbers going down  Bucky   Jul-21-05 09:10 AM   #16 
  - Majority of soldiers Say Iraq Morale Low  sintax   Jul-21-05 09:11 AM   #18 
  - I'm trying to envision what a Pentagon "mental health team"  joemurphy   Jul-21-05 09:11 AM   #19 
  - Because such teams deployed in this war  vickitulsa   Jul-21-05 09:27 AM   #28 
  - Same old crap...  Iowa   Jul-21-05 09:11 AM   #20 
  - The author is just another America Hater....  Ksec   Jul-21-05 09:11 AM   #21 
  - Note that the report is dated Jan. 30  quaoar   Jul-21-05 09:16 AM   #23 
  - No accident there...  vickitulsa   Jul-21-05 10:14 AM   #29 
  - Well when you don't really have a good reason to be fighting  cubschicago   Jul-21-05 09:20 AM   #25 
  - And then there's this, from the same report.  vickitulsa   Jul-21-05 11:23 AM   #31 

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