Getting Angry

It was in the news today, that military personal (particularly males) are 50% more likely to demonstrate aggression after returning from a war zone. Why does that seem strange? It shouldn't.

Ya spend months preparing these guys to kill and to expose them to fear and possible annihilation. You dress them, arm them, train them to kill.

In many parts of the world dog-fighting is a betting sport. Its horrible and inhumane. A horrible blood sport. Michael Vick a famous American sports personality, was prosecuted for training fighting dogs and taking part in those events. 

The dogs are mistreated. Caged. Fed blood meat. Everything to engender aggression. They can only respond to their conditioning. Aggressively. Put them in a ring with another fighting dog, there's gonna be blood, torn flesh and maybe death. The fighting-dogs are mammals and respond to their environment and their conditioning.

Humans are mammals. Soldiers are conditioned to kill. Conditioned for aggression. This is fine in places like Afghanistan or Iraq. The enemy presents itself, the soldiers re-act accordingly. But there's a problem. By conditioning these kids, by conditioning their aggression response, you can't always turn it off.

As dog-fighters have learned, you can't take fighting-dogs out for walkies, cos if they see another dog, aggression is the result, often attacking and killing other canines without cause.

In a similar way, when these young soldiers, many of which have been traumatised by the horrors of War, when confronted in a social or domestic situation, react aggressively. They don't know how to turn the aggression response off. They have not been taught that yet. Their conditioning takes over with the appropriate aggressive response.

Thats a problem once you're out of the Warzone. The military has not addressed this issue yet.