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The U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) is developing an app for Apple's iPad aimed at helping prevent post-traumatic stress among warfighters, a move that could save billions of dollars in associated medical costs.

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Naval researchers and developers are working to develop an iPad app to reduce the incidence of post-traumatic stress in sailors and Marines, according to Medical Xpress. The system will undergo field testing at the Naval Center for Combat and Operational Stress Control in San Diego, Calif., this April.

The Stress Resilience Training System (SRTS) is being jointly developed between ONR and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). SRTS includes an iPad app that teaches Navy and Marine personnel to understand stress responses and engage in biofeedback techniques meant to mitigate stress symptoms.

The hope is that when warfighters encounter stressful events, previous experience with SRTS will enable them to handle the stress in such a manner that it lowers the likelihood of PTSD or other after effects.

The SRTS uses only an iPad and a heart rate monitor, which is attached to an earlobe. Its four sections ? "Know How," "Techniques," "Games," and "Review" ? give sailors the information they need on stress, as well as how to manage it, before engaging them with exercises and measuring their progress.

In addition to being a major social concern among returning soldiers, PTSD is a notable cost concern. A February 2012 Congressional Budget Office report found that 21 percent of military personnel returning from combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from PTSD. The report estimates that it costs about $1 billion in order to treat these individuals.
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"Warfighter"?

Someone tell me this is not the new word for "soldier." Where did it come from? The military? A computer game?
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So Post Traumatic Samsung Disapproval is recognized by the DSM4?¡

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"Warfighter"?

Someone tell me this is not the new word for "soldier." Where did it come from? The military? A computer game?

The usage appears to be in wide use by the US government since the 80's so I see no objection to using it here. It's not so much a replacement for soldier but a sub-classification of a soldier who is actively in combat zone.

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I plan to try it out.  Maybe it will help me.  :)

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How about reducing demand for PTSD services by invading fewer countries?
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How about reducing demand for PTSD services by invading fewer countries?

But then that huge military budget would go unused.

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How about reducing demand for PTSD services by invading fewer countries?

I suspect that's going to happen. The one positive of the sequester is that the Defense department gets its budget cut just like everyone else.

Considering that we spend more money than the next 25 countries on the list, a significant cut back in military expense won't be a bad idea.
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The usage appears to be in wide use by the US government since the 80's so I see no objection to using it here. It's not so much a replacement for soldier but a sub-classification of a soldier who is actively in combat zone.

 

and soldier is considered bad form for naval and air force personnel (and Marines consider themselves even more unique, since they do it all).

 

It is less clumsy than "enemy engaged Soldiers, Marines, Seapersons, and Airpersons", and given the Naval Research taking lead, makes sense.

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and soldier is considered bad form for naval and air force personnel (and Marines consider themselves even more unique, since they do it all).

 

It is less clumsy than "enemy engaged Soldiers, Marines, Seapersons, and Airpersons", and given the Naval Research taking lead, makes sense.

 

If this is in any way a big deal whatsoever, why not just create the noun "milit"? Plural with an s.

 

"Oh, there are milits from all of the branches on the base this afternoon."

 

Or people could stop being offended by the uninformed. Like fun I can't say "stewardess" anymore.

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post #10 of 22
The heart rhythm monitor technology used in this project is available as an iOS app and sensor from http://www.innerbalanceapp.com
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If this is in any way a big deal whatsoever, why not just create the noun "milit"? Plural with an s.

"Oh, there are milits from all of the branches on the base this afternoon."

Or people could stop being offended by the uninformed. Like fun I can't say "stewardess" anymore.

Milit. is already an abbreviation for various forms of the word military. I personally think warfighter sounds drool and uncouth that I think it's likely they optimal term will be defined to something more akin to an Orwellian dystopia. Like calling them Peacemakers or Grammaton Clerics or Consciousness Relocaters.

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"Warfighter"?

Someone tell me this is not the new word for "soldier." Where did it come from? The military? A computer game?

 

How about "Armed Services Tactical Personnel Engaged in Combat" ?

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So Post Traumatic Samsung Disapproval is recognized by the DSM4?¡
The usage appears to be in wide use by the US government since the 80's so I see no objection to using it here. It's not so much a replacement for soldier but a sub-classification of a soldier who is actively in combat zone.

 

Wow, I learned something with this exchange ---

 

However, I always thought "Soldier" was the way to distinguish active troops from just regular troops... I suppose it was just language drift as Soldier got over-used. Much like the overuse of the term "Hero" for anyone who got injured or shot someone for Uncle Sam.
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How about "Armed Services Tactical Personnel Engaged in Combat" ?

 

ASsTaPER = "Armed ServiceS TActical Personnel Engaged in Raids"

 

This acronym should make it easier to remember.
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How about reducing demand for PTSD services by invading fewer countries?

Yeah, another BS treatment to excuse continuing to allow the cause. Just like drugging people when you don't like that they're presenting grief from loss or stress from toxic living conditions.
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If this is in any way a big deal whatsoever, why not just create the noun "milit"? Plural with an s.

 

"Oh, there are milits from all of the branches on the base this afternoon."

 

Or people could stop being offended by the uninformed. Like fun I can't say "stewardess" anymore.

Sounds like you just want to call/classify them what you want, when they want to call/classify themselves something else that has specific meaning(s) to them.

Example:  Teacher: Ice... Assa...  Aye-sah...   Student (named Aissa):  Ah-EE-sa:  Teacher:  I'll call you Sissy, that's more American.

 

Personally, I don't care if they call themselves WarFighters, WellTrainedOrganizedStateAssassins or TroopsWhoDefendOurEconomicSystembyKillingandDyingbecauseofOldWhiteGuysInWashingtonAndWallStreet... I just respect a culture/society to self-name.

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WellTrainedOrganizedStateAssassins

Assassin: (historical) a member of the Nizari branch of Ismaili Muslims at the time of the Crusades, when the newly established sect ruled part of northern Persia (1094–1256). They were renowned as militant fanatics, and were popularly reputed to use hashish before going on murder missions. ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: from French, or from medieval Latin assassinus, from Arabic ḥašīšī ‘hashish eater.’

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Sounds like you just want to call/classify them what you want, when they want to call/classify themselves something else that has specific meaning(s) to them.

 

No, people just need to not be all uppity when someone from outside their world uses broad words to refer to the specific.

 

That goes for anything, be it military designations, computer terminology, or ice cream manufacturing.

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But I thought the iPad was just a toy./s

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But I thought the iPad was just a toy./s

 

Who says a toy isn't the right way to go. Toys can be useful. Although I'm not sure exactly how in this particular case it is and could be used. But I'm not a therapist so I don't have the proper data to really judge. But I have read about how bad this particular condition can be physically and mentally so I applaud anything folks are trying to do to help. Even if it means giving them cabbage patch dolls and legos. 

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Gee..it's not the fact that we don't financially support them in health and housing.... and make sure they have a job and purpose when they come back?

an iPad app is gonna fix this.

Shit!
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Gee..it's not the fact that we don't financially support them in health and housing.... and make sure they have a job and purpose when they come back?

an iPad app is gonna fix this.

Shit!

The iPad app sounds like it falls under health care to me.

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