I know it’s from a strange angle but the US military treating assignment surgery as the would any other treatment gives it a little weight. It’s easier, faster and cheaper to go through the process, which in total is just a few years than it is to ignore, endless therapy (from their perspective) or discharge well trained personnel for a treatable condition. So it moved from a mental illness to a physical illness with a course of treatment and a tangible end goal. While that doesn’t speak to the mistakes, it does speak to a pragmatic (time and money) side.

I know it’s from a strange angle but the US military treating assignment surgery as the would any other treatment gives it a little weight. It’s easier, faster and cheaper to go through the process, which in total is just a few years than it is to ignore, endless therapy (from their perspective) or discharge well trained personnel for a treatable condition.

So it moved from a mental illness to a physical illness with a course of treatment and a tangible end goal.

While that doesn’t speak to the mistakes, it does speak to a pragmatic (time and money) side.

 

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