About 40 Marines a month are effected by it. Marine Corps statistics,
though incomplete, show PTSD cases doubled from about 250 in 2003
to 596 in 2004, and then doubled again to 1,229 in 2005.
Today statistics show that 120 vets per week commit suicide.
National Center for PTSD
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The issue of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder has reached public attention
in an unexpected way through the revelations that our military medical
establishment has failed on major fronts to provide the very best treatment
deserved by American
implemented. Please read my Op-Ed referenced
Dr. David R. Leffler (2007, July 2). Meditation Could Help: Reducing
Stress-Related Problems at Military and VA Facilities. Military.com,
Below this message are the abstract and a link to Colonel (Dr.) Brian M.
Rees US Army War College masters degree research paper on the topic
of Strategic Stress Management (SSM). His presentation on 12
November 2007 at the Association of Military Surgeons of the United
States (AMSUS) convention included this topic.
Colonel Rees is quoted in Military Officer about a side benefit for military
personnel when using SSM. The article describes alternative treatment
approaches to combat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Military
Officer magazine is the flagship publication of Military Officers
Association of America (MOAA). The article is available online here
An important point to consider is that research shows that all meditation
and relaxation techniques do not necessarily have the same results. See:
"Are All Meditations the Same? Comparing the Neural Patterns of
Mindfulness Meditation, Tibetan Buddhism Kargyu tradition and the
Transcendental Meditation Technique." Available here
Unlike many other meditation and relaxation techniques the TM program
is easy to learn and fun to practice, and extensive research shows that it is
more effective and efficient than other relaxation techniques. Please see
"Comparison of Techniques Issue: Are all forms of meditation and
relaxation the same?" Available here
Also, a new study of 60 male subjects in their 40’s and 50’s found that
ultraweak photon emissions were significantly lower at all 12 anatomical
locations studied in subjects practicing the Transcendental Meditation
technique (TM) and Other Meditation Techniques (OMT= Tao, Zen,
Christian, and Hindu Yoga meditations) than in non-meditating controls.
Fortunately, the US Army is exploring many alternative approaches
including the TM program. Please see a blog article by Noah Shachtman,
a contributing editor at Wired magazine: http://blog.wired.
Thank you for forwarding this information to appropriate people. I would be
glad to help arrange presentations on this topic to anyone who might be
David R. Leffler, Ph.D.
Center for Advanced Military Science (CAMS)
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|USAWC PROGRAM RESEARCH PAPER
COLONEL BRIAN M. REES
Medical Corps , United States Army Reserve
Topic approved by
Kenneth W. Womack
The views expressed in this academic research paper are those of the author and do
not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Government, the
Department of Defense, or any of its agencies.
U.S. Army War College
CARLISLE BARRACKS , PENNSYLVANIA 17013
AUTHOR: Colonel Brian M. Rees
TITLE: The Application of Strategic Stress Management in Winning the Peace
FORMAT: DDE Research Paper
DATE: 2 May 2007 PAGES: 34 CLASSIFICATION: Unclassified
Although the US is preeminent in maneuver warfare, success in current (and
probable future) counterinsurgency operations is hampered by the infectious
ideology of the enemy. But the stress and frustration necessary to fuel the
insurgency and Islamist terrorism are enemy critical vulnerabilities.
Strategic Stress Management (SSM), in the form of groups of persons practicing a
meditative technique called the TM-Sidhi Program, can be applied to reduce
hostilities in targeted populations. The underlying hypothesis is that consciousness
is a field, and that effects generated in the field of consciousness can affect the brain
chemistry, the thinking and the subsequent behavior of potential belligerents who are
not engaged in or even aware of the practice. This hypothesis has been tested in
over fifty studies that have documented reductions in combat deaths, crime, and
terrorist acts related to the size of the groups practicing the intervention.
As a prospective Course of Action (COA), SSM is suitable and feasible, and readily
distinguishable from virtually any other COA. However, it is unorthodox, and its
acceptability is uncertain.
THE APPLICATION OF STRATEGIC STRESS MANAGEMENT IN
WINNING THE PEACE
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