Absolutely not. I am active and I say no way. PTSD can be real yes, but its effects all depend on the person, how mentally strong they are and if they even report it. There are plenty of weak minded individuals out there that come under 1 mortar attack, shit their pants, and claim their head is fucked for the rest of there lives because of it. It is bullshit that people want an award for this.
Where are all the PTSD "survivors " from WW2. They were some shell shocked dudes, but they dealt with their issues and went home and were successful in life, and they never once asked for some award for "seeing what I did." I am not saying don't give military members help with PTSD, but at some point people need to be told to fucking suck it up and move on, that's fucking war, this is your profession by your choice.
Harden the Fuck Up - seriously a generation of touchy feely coddling to the tit retards.
What do you do in the Army?
Point by point:
PTSD...you are right, everyone deals with it differently..but we are ALL different. I know guys that are tough as nails and have seen shit 99.9999% of people have not or should not see...and they have broken down. Let me tell you something...YOU are not that tough...no one is. You are in no position to judge how one person reacts to life changing event and how it effects them. Again, maybe your breaking point is higher than most, but I assure you, you have one. We all do.
WWII...plenty of them and many will not say shit about what they saw and experienced. And many went home and DID NOT assimilate into life like you say. The did not..FACT. Some took their own lives, some became alcoholics, some just wasted away. Look into the guys who raised the flag in Iwo Jima...some of them had a tough life..some a short one. PTSD is just the latest name for an issue that has been around since rocks and spears. I know people who could take you too your breaking point before you could even shit your pants..and leave scars that would never heal. Does that make you a pussy? Nope, makes you human.
some point people need to be told to fucking suck it up and move on, that's fucking war, this is your profession by your choice.
Harden the Fuck Up
I am stunned the Army is wondering why the suicide rate is so high..especially with attitudes like this.
For everyone: read this book..it is required reading for some. I learned a great deal...everyone will. Even the toughest guys in the group have broken down.