There's a recent thread on the R Sigs forum which set out to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the brutal murders in Belfast of Cpls Howes and Wood. It makes interesting reading because it obviously provoked painful old memories which might never have amounted to PTSD, but which flare into arguement when scratched. With General Dannatt heading a campaign to raise more cash for Combat Stress in anticipation of the raft of injuries to come from Afghanistan. How can the MOD address the issues of low to medium level mental trauma? And what can it do to desensitise young minds to the horrors of war and thus make them less susceptable to crippling mental injury? On another thread, someone mentioned that country lads often suffered least when confronted with blood and gore. I would tend to agree with that because I was a yokel who understood that animals were food and went rough shooting for rabbits and such. It never occurred to me at the time that I might see things differently to my townie friends, but on reflection there were those who didn't like the sight of blood or doing first aid and others who were afraid of the dark or complete silence, so I suppose there was actually, quite a lot that didn't bother me. Would it help for training to include being present at a post mortem? Could not trained psychotherapists have a place on websites like ARRSE to stimulate discussion and manipulate argument as a form of healing for low level trauma? With so much care and official intervention (equality, diversity, human rights, anti bullying, child protection etc) around these days, there's little doubt that whilst the army still finds deprived areas fertile recruiting grounds, the mental strength of many of those recruits is inevitably less than that of previous generations. How can that be reconciled with the unchanging horror and brutality of war? Are there already training measures in use?