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  •  this moral ambiguity is a reason for PTSD (5+ / 0-)

    Especially in previous wars where young draftees would undergo Basic and Advanced and suddenly find themselves thrown into combat where they were expected to make instant life and death decisions for themselves and their comrades.  It was not only their lives that were in jeopardy if they froze or made the wrong decision, it was also their buddies in the squad, the platoon, the company at risk.

    The military has recognized this and has long relied on reflexes and "muscle memory" to ensure that a young rifleman would react before he could think.  I believe Army studies show from WWI to WWII to Korea to VN, the average grunt fired 23 times for each hit.  They are currently working to reduce this ratio.

    Some lucky vets got help when they returned home from combat and historically many did not as the military has only fairly recently finally admitted PTSD exists and in even more modern times, has finally admitted that concussion injuries exist, where people who escape the shrapnel of IEDs can still be gravely wounded.  The military today is working to remove the moral ambiguity from its troops.

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