oa Scientia Militaria : South African Journal of Military Studies - Deployment psychology: Evidenced-based strategies to promote mental health in the military, A.B. Adler, P.D. Bliese and C.A. Castro (Eds.) : book review

Volume 41, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1022-8136
  • E-ISSN: 2224-0020



On 23 March 2013, South African (SA) soldiers made contact with the Seleka rebel group as part of the South African operational involvement in the Central African Republic (CAR). The ensuing battle between the militia and the SA troops left the latter with 27 wounded and, to date, 14 dead. The media coverage, which followed our troop losses in the CAR, was a reminder for many of the integral involvement of SA forces, in the form of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), across the African continent. With the passing of the United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 2098, in March 2013, SANDF troops are now being deployed as part of a roughly 3 000-strong UN Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) in the DRC. In many ways the increased involvement of SA troops in the CAR and the unfortunate loss of SA soldiers in the CAR serve as a stark reminder of the important role played by mental health practitioners in providing our troops with the appropriate psychological support during deployments. It is in this vein that serves as a useful and timely repository for psychologists, registered counsellors, and other mental health practitioners working in the SANDF.

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