Air Force units will stand down for one day this summer to address the rising problem of suicides, which Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said is â€śan adversary that is killing more of our airmen than any enemy on the planet.â€ť
As of the end of July, 79 suicides had occurred in the Air Force in 2019 â€”nearly as many as were recorded last year in about half the time. The service saw about 100 suicides per year in each of the last five years.
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth Wright told airmen this week he believes suicide is the biggest problem the service faces....
American wrote: Certainl people in Us Air Force have been pushing Christianity out for awhile and now youâ€™re seeing part of the negative affect thatâ€™s caused.
But historically, many militaries have thrived absent any sort of Christian witness. I'm not an insider, but I rather think that here, it's a combination of modern recruits, used to having their way, lacking the character to handle demands made by military service, coupled with unrelenting yet pointless deployments that accomplish little. Perhaps the cliche that they're "defending our freedom" is wearing thin.
Men often would rather face imminent death than be caught in an endless cycle of conflict without a clear path forward. Gen. Bernard Montgomery, remembering WW1, understood this and liked to brief his troops telling them exactly what was expected of them before a battle.