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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 09:10 AM
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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.

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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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