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Quote of the day: A Spec Ops officer leads by example, shows emotional vulnerability

This is from a very good article by David Wood on how Special Operators are dealing with the mental fraying of the force.

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This is from a very good article by David Wood on how Special Operators are dealing with the mental fraying of the force:

As evidence that the stigma here is also fading — with some command help — a senior special operations  officer once abruptly left a staff meeting by announcing that it was time for him and his wife to meet with their family counselor. “He wanted to make sure his guys saw him do that,” his wife told me.

I was also interested to see in the article a discussion of “hardiness.” Part of that, Wood writes, is having a sense of control over one’s environment. I agree, but I don’t know what to do when the sense of loss of control is real. I remember in the fall of 2003 having the strong sense that the Iraq war was going to dominate the rest of my journalistic life. It was a horrible feeling.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1
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