The Question of Deployment Length in Peacekeeping Missions

Abstract:

From research reports cited in this article, the period of six months seems to be suitable time for the deployment abroad. A soldier should not be redeployed for at least one year, following his previous mission. The majority of soldiers cope with deployments well and without any psychopathology. Most reported mental problems are alcohol misuse, followed by posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and by the depression. Alcohol seems be even the higher risk for soldiers less exposed to combat stressors (e.g. fire), but more to chronic stressors (boredom, isolation, helplessness) than PTSD for a soldier in action. Therefore pre-deployment training of our soldiers should be more devoted to mental health aspects, starting with alcohol overuse.

Maj. Mgr. Marek Nový, born in 1969, Faculty of Arts, Charles University (FF UK) Prague, graduate of Security Studies, Marshall Centre, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Within the frame of Clinic of Psychiatry, General University Hospital Prague, he devoted himself to crisis intervention, lately, as a scholarly worker of Stress Centre, Military University of the Ground Forces (VVŠ PV) at Vyškov, he paid attention to stress research. Later on, as a police officer of the Criminal Police, he took part in solving violent criminal deeds. Since 2003 he has been a psychologist for the Military Police. Participant of missions abroad, Czech representative in NATO Science and Technology Organization, member of the Czech-Moravian Psychological Society and the Association of Forensic Psychologists. He puts finishing touches to his postgradual studies of psychology at the First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University Prague.

Country: Czech Republic

01/09/2012

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