How Soldiers React to Combat
About the Author –
Soren Sjogren is an officer in the Royal Danish Army attached to the Guards Hussars Regiment. Soren graduated from the Royal Danish Army Officers Academy in 2005. With front line experience leading troops in combat, he has been deployed to Iraq in 2007 and Afghanistan’s Helmand Province in 2009. Most recently, Soren was an instructor of company and platoon sized tactics at the Royal Danish Military Academy. In August 2011, Soren published a memoir on his experiences as a platoon leader in Iraq and Afghanistan. In Danish, the title is “Med støvlerne på – i krig i Irak og Afghanistan.” An equivalent English translation could be “In the trenches – in war in Iraq and Afghanistan.” He is currently a student at the Danish Army’s Advanced Officer’s Course.
I recently connected with Soren through this blog, and through my LinkedIn group, Command Performance: Military and Corporate Leadership. He was gracious to allow me to post an abstract of his blog post here, along with a link to the original post. Thank you, Soren!!
”Soren, how does the body react in combat?”
Soren: Being in a fierce firefight is stressful. It feels as if everything is moving in slow motion while the body is running on autopilot
I am often asked this during the Q & A when I speak about Afghanistan.
Reactions in combat are the body’s reactions to stress. Talking about them is often taboo. I had no idea how comprehensive such reactions were before I started studying them prior to my first deployment to Iraq in 2007
In their extreme forms a psychologist would label it ”acute stress reactions”. Such experiences are not limited to soldiers only. Any humans that are exposed to extreme stressors or traumatic events can suffer from acute stress reaction.
Related Articles –
Combat Stress and PTSD: My Lates Column in the North County Times (orderstonowhere.com)
Grice: Stigma Still Attached to PTSD (nctimes.com)
Leadership in Combat (sorensjogren.com)