U.S. Air Force Combat Psychiatry.
Final rept. Jan 79-Jun 85,
SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TX
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The U.S. Air Force faces the distinct possibility that its bases may be vulnerable to enemy attack. Combat fatigue may thus affect nonfliers, whereas in past conflicts fliers have been the ones affected. This report reviews the literature on the effects of combat first on fliers, then on nonfliers. The report suggests that flight surgeons use 2 main agents of therapy, rest and the force of their personality, to delay or prevent combat fatigue in fliers. The report also discusses the relevant signs and symptoms, both in fliers and in nonfliers, and ends with a presentation of the principles of Brevity, Immediacy, Centrality, Expectancy, Proximity, and Similicity in dealing with combat fatigue in nonfliers. Keywords Battle exhaustion Fear of flying Combat leadership Morale Flight surgeon Combat psychiatry Base defense.
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