Questions that face dying individuals, their families, and the professionals that help them at the end of their lives are explored in this volume. The contributors help the reader to come to terms with issues of mortality complicated by the diversity of cultures within society.
Chapter 16: End-of-Life Issues in the Military Culture
End-of-Life Issues in the Military Culture
Old soldiers never die, but  soldiers in  are pitiably young, and they die in the millions, without beginning to guess why it is that life asks that of them.
—Keegan and Holmes (1985, p. 283)
The U.S. military has many proud traditions that transcend ethnic, religious, and traditional cultural boundaries. Those not associated with the military often are unaware of the rich culture of the military, nor are they aware of how those in the military approach death. Although the military in peacetime has a lower overall mortality rate than does the civilian sector (Bartone & Ender, 1994), the idea of death is omnipresent in the minds of those in the military ...