Combat Stress Control
Leaders conduct an after action review (AAR) at the completion of
various missions. If the mission was particularly distressing, leaders
should also consider coordinating a CED.
Some situations that may warrant a CED:
Death of unit member.
Death or suffering of noncombatants (especially women and
Handling the dead or human remains.
Managing carnage or the sight of devastation during disaster
Friendly fire incident.
Situation involving a serious error, injustice, or atrocity.
Situation in which soldiers involved felt total helplessness.
Setting up a CED
Group of 3 to 40 soldiers (maximum of 60).
Functional organization--crew, team, squad, or platoon.
Strangers, civilians, or family members who experienced the
critical event by chance.
Notes: Include only those directly involved in the event; media or
outsiders are not permitted.
Chaplains may include trusted support persons (such as listeners,
another chaplain, or medic) who were not present at the incident.
However, those persons must be identified as CED team members.
10 May 2005