SUSANNE M. SCHAFER
The Associated Press
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Army's top general says basic training will soon include anti-stress programs as part of a broader effort to help soldiers deal with the aftereffects of combat and prevent suicides.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey told reporters at Fort Jackson in South Carolina on Thursday that the training will begin Oct. 1. It will be part of a soldier's first week in basic and continue through all levels of Army education.
The Army has struggled to curb a surge in suicides. Casey says he is frustrated by the numbers and feels the Army hasn't done enough to give soldiers preventative skills to fight stress, both in combat and when they return home.
FortJackson outside Columbia is the Army's largest training installation and drills half of the Army's soldiers.