Stress in Army

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he biggest problem is the soldier's helplessness in resolving property disputes back at home that makes a soldier feel tense and helpless. There are several instances of neighbours or even own brothers making use of soldier's long absence from home to encroach on his property. The exigencies of service prevent the soldier from being able to pursue the case. This problem had been identified several years ago, but little has been done except for every defence minister writing routine letters to chief ministers requesting sympathetic disposal of land disputes involving soldiers. It is almost a joke in the ministry that every defence minister's first action after taking charge is to write to chief ministers to help expedite soldiers land disputes. And it ends there. The stress- related issues in a soldier's life are closely linked with welfare and need to be addressed most sincerely by all agencies concerned with the welfare of soldiers.

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IDSA Occasional Paper No. 17

Addressing Stress-Related Issues in Army

A Research Fellow at IDSA, Col. K. C. Dixit is an alumni of National Defence Academy. He was commissioned into the Army in 1983. He has commanded a Corps Operating Signal Regiment in Counter Insurgency Operations (OP RHINO) in the Eastern Theatre. He is an experienced communication planner and executor and was awarded the COAS Commendation Card for displaying exceptional devotion to duty and tact in handling men and resources and dealing with local population and civil administration in CI environment. He has planned and handled mobilization and subsequent administration of a division size force on western borders during OP PARAKRAM. He was Director ISTT at Integrated HQ of MOD (Army) before joining IDSA, and was responsible for training and HRD of more than 90,000 personnel of Corps of Signals.

K C Dixit

Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi

IDSA Occasional Paper No. 17

Addressing Stress-Related Issues in Army

K C Dixit

Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses New Delhi

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Introduction
o human being is exempted from stress. Stress causes a number of biological changes and is intended to activate the body's fuel reserves. The soldiers are no exception except that they are comparatively in an ideal stress breeding environment due to frequent and large number of uncertainties/ changes vis-à-vis civilian counterparts with similar service conditions. When we are stressed, our pulse, blood pressure and breathing rate increases. This in turn augments the amount of available energy. The heart beats rapidly under stress and begins to pump a greater quantity of blood with each beat. The bronchial tubes now expand to channelise extra air with each breath. The blood vessels supplying the muscles expand as well. The palms of the hands and the soles of the feet begin to sweat. Stress is evidenced to be one of the causative factors for lifestyle disorders such as backaches and sleeplessness, hyperacidity, gas, chronic fatigue 1 syndrome, heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. In addition, hormonal imbalances caused by stress...
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