October 22, 2003
Low Morale of US Soldiers in Iraq

The U.S. military has a serious morale problem. A recent survey by Stars and Stripes, a newspaper for soldiers and government civilians abroad, revealed that over one-third of soldiers rate their morale as low, or very low. Suicides of U.S. servicemen in Iraq are running up to three times the usual rate, and news headlines bring daily news of U.S. soldiers dying in Iraq.

PRESIDENT BUSH is busily trying to convince Americans that the war in Iraq is a phenomenal success. Meanwhile, a recent survey conducted by the military newspaper Stars and Stripes found that half of the troops described their unit's morale as low and a third complained that their mission had little or no value. Many viewed themselves as sitting ducks, rather than soldiers engaged in war.

Around 27 percent of the Army surveyed rated their chain of command's ability to get them supplies as "not good" or "poor." According to the AP, nearly 30,000 American troops in Iraq still have not been issued the newest body armor, which has ceramic plates to stop rifle rounds. The body armor won't be delivered until December, more than eight months after the war began.

The soldier suicide rate in Iraq has been climbing in recent months, surpassing normal rates and prompting mental health officials to take a hard look at what might be triggering troops to take their own lives, officials said.

Posted by tstubbs at October 22, 2003 10:55 AM | Trackback
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