Military Conditioning (Anger/Aggression) Anger is a major problem with I suppose all veterans. So I thought I would share with you my opinion. I have hidden my anger with substance abuse since returning from the sandy place; however, gave that up over two months ago and am now facing the horrible effects of anger/fury. I believe most of it stems from Military Conditioning (Training). When you are taught hand to hand combat, or even bayonet fighting, they teach you to use your aggression and push past the normal anger even when hurt and teach you to turn it into 'controlled hate/fury' to successfully defeat the enemy. When you are booted from the military due to mental illness (PTSD), they don't de-program you. This means when you get into a confrontational situation, whether it be with your partner, children, or even just some tool in the street, your training takes over and that is why I believe we lose it a lot of the time. Some of my friends who do not suffer tell me to just walk away. In hindsight, this is a good idea, but if you have had a bad day and your head is 'red lining', it just does not work. There are anger management courses which are great, and cognitive behavioural therapy, but I believe each situation is different and it depends how your day is going. People told me when I returned that I was angry with the world. In a way, I suppose I was. I was brought up with good morals and beliefs, and these were shot to shit. Like a lot of you guys, I have seen things that my mind just could not comprehend. For example, how women and children are treated in other countries, and just their value on life. I am struggling at the moment with my medication because I tried to be my own chemist and use natural green leafy substances and alcohol. All they did was hurt me in the back pocket and the issues were still there the next day. Now, my children are proud of my progress even though I don't tell them that some days I want to cut my head off. Would be interested in anyone else's coping strategies.