“Higher levels of combat intensity” in Iraq could contribute to soldiers’ committing violent acts off the battlefield, says a U.S. Army study reported by the Christian Science Monitor. However, analysts could not pinpoint any one factor as a cause. “How do we know which soldier may be the very one to take his own life or the life of someone else?, said Maj. Gen. Mark Graham, commanding general of Fort Carson, Co. ” This is a hard question to answer.”
The study was prompted by 14 murders or attempted murders in or around Fort Carson between 2005 and 2008. The study looked at several potential factors: the number of deployments, enlistment policies that allow individuals with criminal conduct or medical waivers to be admitted to the Army, or other problems with drugs and alcohol.