The steadily rising number of suicides continues to trouble the three components of the Army. The chief of the Army Reserve offered ideas on how he and his command are trying to help “at risk soldiers.”
Speaking Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley said the Army Reserve is trying to identify soldiers who are not participating in drills; locate their employers and families; trying to find out what may be underlying causes as to why a soldier is no longer reporting – loss of job, drug and alcohol abuse, broken relationships.
“I want to target people,” said Talley, adding that one tool the Army Reserve is using is its Fort Family Outreach 24-hour-a-day outreach program.
When a command sergeant major said that it was important to remain in constant contact with her soldiers, Talley said he couldn’t agree more. “We’ve got to get past this ‘I’m invading your privacy’ or you will never know what’s going on with your soldiers.”
He said that was a leader’s duty. “It’s a privilege to lead soldiers, not a right.”