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U.S. Army photo by Sgt. John L. Carkeet IV U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Russell Toof Two students enrolled in an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and Ask, Care, Escort-Suicide Intervention workshop role play an emotional scenario in which one person attempts to persuade the other not to commit suicide. Since 2012, the number of reported suicides in the Army has decreased by nearly 20 percent, thanks in part to interactive programs such as ASIST. Staff Sgt. Timothy Lanzoni, assigned to the U.S. Army Reserve's 167th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, fills out a background questionnaire at the start of Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training at Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts. 38 THE OFFICER / FALL 2016 One of the most effective methods to maximize readiness would be to prevent military personnel from entering a state of mental illness in the first place. To accomplish this, there should be a focus on preventive mental health care. To an extent, this already happens. The law requires the secretary of defense to conduct annual mental health assessments for all Active Component service members and Selected Reserve service members (Title 10, Sec. 1074n). Potential indicators of emerging mental illnesses or conditions such as depression can be flagged and addressed. However, there should be a reassessment of the standards and procedures used in these tests to ensure they catch early warning signs of mental or emotional issues. Even more important, there must be an assessment of culture, which can inadvertently foster shame in connection with mental health issues, making it difficult for service members to seek help. A system that promotes deception Many physical indicators are not immediate grounds for disqualification for promotion, and mental health indicators should not be either. The Military Physical Profile (PULHES, which stands for physical capacity/stamina, upper extremities, lower extremities, hearing/ear, eyes, psychiatric) could be changed to reduce the chance of stigma. In the accompanying PULHES table, psychiatric (S) covers post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and gets a service member a 3 rating for "medical condition or physical defect of the service member's personality, emotional stability or psychiatric conditions." This rating usually translates into a disqualification from service or restriction to limited-duty assignments. While health care privacy laws prevent reporting the underlying conditions, the chain of command and others see the profile numbers. ROA believes PTSD should be considered for assessment- by a qualified expert-as a 2 rating, "some medical condition or physical defect that may require some activity limitations." This approach should help reduce the secrecy and deception that currently occur as service members attempt to preserve their career advancement and peer acceptance. In response to an ROA survey asking whether promotion was affected by mental health treatment, one respondent wrote, "Promotions not affected because I lie to the military regarding mental health. If you tell the truth, they code you a 3 in psych, and you are stuck, and all of your peers will find out why. I am a CSM [command sergeant major], and know what I am talking about here." An officer we know experienced moderate depression while a brigadier general. This officer would leave the office, change

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Officer - Fall 2016

ADVERTISERS’ INDEX
PRESIDENT’S COLUMN
OPENING SHOTS
FEEDBACK
CAPITOL HILL CONNECTION
HEARING THE VOICE OF THE RESERVE COMPONENT
WHAT IT MEANS TO ‘FIGHT’ FOR RESERVISTS
HEALTH CARE REFORM
SERVICE MEMBERS LAW CENTER
THE MILLENNIAL RESERVIST
CARING FOR THE CAREGIVERS
ATTEN-SHUN!
SERVICE MEMBERS’ MENTAL HEALTH IS CRITICAL TO READINESS
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD RESERVE
NATIONAL SECURITY REPORT
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF, NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU
OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR MANPOWER AND RESERVE AFFAIRS (M & RA)
ARMY RESERVE
MARINE FORCES RESERVE
NAVY RESERVE
COAST GUARD RESERVE
AIR FORCE RESERVE
RESERVE LIFE
2016 ROA NATIONAL CONVENTION
PROUD TO SERVE
DEPARTMENT AND CHAPTER NEWS
BOOK REVIEWS
STARS FOUNDATION PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN SUPPORTING RESERVISTS
HELPING DEPLOYED RESERVISTS’ CHILDREN SUCCEED AT SCHOOL
STARS INDUSTRY NEWS
USAA’S CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY GOES ABOVE FOR THOSE WHO GO BEYOND
UNITED CONCORDIA’S ACTIVE DUTY DENTAL PROGRAM HELPS PREPARE RESERVE AND GUARD FOR EARLY ACTIVATION
BOEING’S C-40A CLIPPER JET BRINGS POWER AND SAVINGS TO THE NAVY
STARS BRIEFS
SALVO
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - ADVERTISERS’ INDEX
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - PRESIDENT’S COLUMN
The Officer - Fall 2016 - OPENING SHOTS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - FEEDBACK
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - HEARING THE VOICE OF THE RESERVE COMPONENT
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - WHAT IT MEANS TO ‘FIGHT’ FOR RESERVISTS
The Officer - Fall 2016 - HEALTH CARE REFORM
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - SERVICE MEMBERS LAW CENTER
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - THE MILLENNIAL RESERVIST
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - ATTEN-SHUN!
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - SERVICE MEMBERS’ MENTAL HEALTH IS CRITICAL TO READINESS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - OFFICE OF THE CHIEF, NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU
The Officer - Fall 2016 - ARMY RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - MARINE FORCES RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - NAVY RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - COAST GUARD RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - AIR FORCE RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - 2016 ROA NATIONAL CONVENTION
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - PROUD TO SERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - DEPARTMENT AND CHAPTER NEWS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - BOOK REVIEWS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - STARS FOUNDATION PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN SUPPORTING RESERVISTS
The Officer - Fall 2016 - HELPING DEPLOYED RESERVISTS’ CHILDREN SUCCEED AT SCHOOL
The Officer - Fall 2016 - USAA’S CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY GOES ABOVE FOR THOSE WHO GO BEYOND
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - UNITED CONCORDIA’S ACTIVE DUTY DENTAL PROGRAM HELPS PREPARE RESERVE AND GUARD FOR EARLY ACTIVATION
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - STARS BRIEFS
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