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User avatar #8 - imonagoat ONLINE (03/22/2013) [-]
I wont lie on my last deployment I didn't exactly see any crazy shit but I mean I saw enough and I don't have any ptsd or that shit but I hear about these drone operators applying for mental help for ptsd and I'm just a little shocked.
User avatar #10 to #8 - DmOnZ (03/22/2013) [-]
When you're flying am F-16 or F-18 or really any fighter air craft you don't really see the complete physical devastation of your payload (you're sight is obstructed by the aircraft and the sheer fact you're traveling so fast). But in a drone you have thermal imaging and are travelling much slower than a jet. You see the blood and the body parts that go spraying when you make a successful hit. It's like putting a grenade in someones tac-vest and running to a safe distance and watching them explode. Pretty harsh stuff.
User avatar #18 to #10 - imonagoat ONLINE (03/22/2013) [-]
I'm not putting them down or anything, I just didn't expect it. I can only say from my experiences on the ground and whatnot that I never saw anything that i could get that from. But if thats what its like then yea I can imagine it being pretty fucked up.
User avatar #32 to #18 - DmOnZ (03/22/2013) [-]
Naw man it's cool, wasn't trying to call you out on anything. It was a shock for me as well, but the biggest issue with the drone pilots is apparently how detached they feel. Pretty much all you do is get payed to kill people while playing a real life video game. They see the death, they see the destruction, but yet they don't feel directly responsible because they aren't "there". Because of that they become more and more desensitized and pessimistic... I guess you could say they turn into drones. They lapse in and out of emotional consciousness and one day it just gets to be too much and bam, PTSD. I'm glad that this is starting to get so much coverage and research though, even within the past 10 years PTSD has been treated kinda passively, as if governments knew it was there and it was a problem, but didn't really see much point investing money into it since the soldier wouldn't be able to serve again.
User avatar #9 to #8 - Tsuna (03/22/2013) [-]
Well, imagine you have to power to kill a very large amount of people at once. Has to be devastating in a different way then you're used to.
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