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Drug Use in the US Military

Have you ever wondered how soldiers stay awake for so long or perform well during long deployments?  I have.  Abnormal returns make me suspicious.  Certainly there is such a thing as excellence, will, or good genetics.  But especially today, the temptation is always to take the shortcut.

So I did some research on the military and drug use.  There is the most famous case, giving pilots stimulants for long term flights.  Stimulant use even in the form of caffeine is very common at all levels.

I didn’t go too deep in my search.  A better place to look would have been forums.  Previous research revealed that steroid use is common in the military and police forces.  Also, I wasn’t able to find anything on nootropics and military usage, at least yet.  Here’s some links that were useful:

http://www.michaelshouse.com/featured-articles/drug-use-military/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benzedrine

http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0809/p01s04-usmi.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2004/jul/29/research.highereducation

http://www.sinodefenceforum.com/world-armed-forces/narcotics-used-special-forces-1803.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/feb/07/dementia-drugs-use-military

http://www.livescience.com/3129-smart-pills-truth-cognitive-enhancing-drugs.html

9 responses to “Drug Use in the US Military

  1. Luther Burgsvik August 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    There was a video on Russia Today a while back that showed the use of music in Iraq by the US army both by soldiers on patrol. Here’s a quote from one of the soldiers:
    “You’ve got a good song in the background and that gets you real fired up.”

    Music is not a drug, but the effects are the same. Rock gets the adrenaline (and probably other drugs/hormones) pumping higher than it otherwise would be.

    On a side note, Rock concerts are well known for ‘mosh pits’ where guys run around and crash into each other (which is another means of generating adrenaline). The whole experience is basically relgious/ritualistic, much like the Varangian war dance of the Varangians (the Viking/Fins who conquered Russia and served the Byzantine Empire as elite mercenaries. The guys in the military are probably using techniques simliary to priests and shamans, inducing a trance or altered state (of sorts).

    The relevant sections starts at: 35:47
    http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2012/06/04/video-songs-of-war-an-al-jazeera-film-about-music-torture-in-guantanamo-afghanistan-and-iraq/

    • Ryu August 31, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      Oh yes. SWAT plays music to psyche them up before they pull an op as well. Usually rap, rock, something like that. One of my associates does treat music as a drug, exorting us to not listen to it, as its addictive.

    • Giovanni Dannato August 31, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      When have people ever gone into battle without pipes, drums, horns, singing, and chanting?
      The idea of a ‘soundtrack’ to real life might not be alien to many traditional peoples around the world. They use music and rhythm to coordinate daily work as well as fighting.

  2. stonerwithaboner August 31, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    oh no, the nazi’s have arrived….

    • Giovanni Dannato August 31, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      Yes, Mr. Ryu is a White Nationalist. I was specifically looking for a contributor with white nationalist sympathies though I do not consider myself a white nationalist.

      WNs ask some edgy and unpleasant questions straight up:

      -Can we really say “race” goes only “skin deep” when such a supposition is in no way commensurate with the choices we make in real life?

      -If we suppose that certain segments of the population divided by “race” have certain distinct traits beyond skin tone. What value judgments must we make and what are the implications if one faction consistently produces more offspring, more technological inventions, more petty criminals, or more serial killers than the others?

      Over time I will be watching out for potential contributors of varying points of view, some of whom will be opposed on certain issues. And perhaps there could eventually be a regular dialogue between factions.

    • Ryu August 31, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      Oh yes! I can hear the music playing now…

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