Combat and Operational Stress Control

Combat and Operational Stress Control

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In our own Soldiers and in the enemy combatants, control of stress is often the decisive difference between victory and defeat across the operational continuum. Battles and wars are won more by controlling the will to fight than by killing all of the enemy combatants. Uncontrolled combat stress causes erratic or harmful behaviors, impair mission performance, and may result in disaster and defeat of COSC preventive measures. The COSC preventive measures are aimed at minimizing maladaptive stress reactions while promoting adaptive stress reactions, such as loyalty, selflessness, and acts of bravery. This manual provides doctrinal guidance for controlling excessive stress in combat and other operational environments. It identifies command and leadership responsibilities for COSC. It identifies COSC consultation, training, and education assistance available for units. This manual provides definitive guidance to BH personnel and CSC units for their COSC mission and for management of COSR and other behavioral disordered patients (BDPs). It identifies the requirements for COSC consultation, planning, coordination, rehearsal, and implementation of the COSC plan contained in the FHP annex of the operation order (OPORD). Many stressors in a combat situation are due to deliberate enemy actions aimed at killing, wounding, or demoralizing our Soldiers and our allies. Other stressors are due to the operational environment. Some of these stressors can be avoided or counteracted by wise command actions. Still other stressors are due to our own calculated or miscalculated choice, accepted in order to exert greater stress on the enemy. Sound leadership works to keep stressors within tolerable limits and prepares the troops mentally and physically to endure them. Some of the most potent stressors can be due to personal organizational problems in the unit or on the home front. These, too, must be identified and, when possible, corrected or controlled. Unit needs assessments (UNAs) can help BH providers identify specific stressor in a unit and develop interventions to help unit personnel cope. This manual identifies MH sections and medical units, CSC, that provides COSC support to units. It identifies the requirements for COSC assistance, as a unit transitions through the different phases of a deployment. Chaplains, commander, leader and COSC Soldier mentors provide assistance with afteraction review (AAR) and traumatic events management (TEM).This publication outlines the functions and operations of each combat and operational stress control (COSC) element within an area of operations (AO). This field manual (FM) establishes Army doctrine and provides guidance for conducting COSC support for combat, stability, and reconstruction operations from brigade to theater level. The information provided in this publication will assist commanders and their staffs to operate efficiently at all levels of command and throughout the operational continuum. It may be used by medical planners to supplement FM 4-02, FM 8-42 (4-02.42), and FM 8-55 (4-02.55). Users of this publication should be familiar with Army Regulation (AR) 40-216 and with FM 4-02, FM 4-02.6, FM 4-02.10, FM 4-02.21, FM 4-02.24, FM 6-22.5, FM 8-10-6, FM 8-10-14, and FM 22-51. This manual is in consonance with FM 7-15, Army Universal Task List (AUTL) and support the following Army tactical task (ART) provided below. Commanders should use the AUTL as a cross-reference for tactical tasks. The AUTL provides a standard doctrinal foundation and catalogue of the Army's tactical collective tasks. AUTL ART* ART 6.5.1 Provide Combat Casualty Care* ART Provide Mental Health/Neuropsychiatric Treatment* ART 6.5.4 Provide Casualty Prevention* ART Provide Combat Operational Stress Control PreventionThis manual is in consonance with FM 7-15, Army Universal Task List (AUTL) and support the following Army tactical task (ART) provided below. Commanders should use the AUTL as a cross-reference for tactical tasks.

Title:Combat and Operational Stress Control
Author:Department of the Army
Publisher: - 2005-07-06


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