The Silencing of Soldiers
By Laurie L. Calhoun
This article appeared in the Fall 2011 issue of The Independent Review

For more than fifty years, the U.S. Defense Department has sponsored drug studies and brain research that aim to minimize soldiers’ all-too-human reticence to kill. The preemptive prescription of drugs intended to reduce soldiers’ self-doubts and anxieties may serve a strategic military purpose, but increasingly it comes at the expense of soldiers’ long-term well-being.

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