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Sloshed soldiers by the seashore

Government “decompression” program causes troops to waste their paychecks

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Canadian soldiers on the way home from Afghanistan have a lot of distractions during their mandatory rest and relaxation period in Cyprus. The “Third-Location Decompression” program is meant to help troops grieve lost comrades, readjust to civilian life, and undergo post-traumatic stress counselling. But for many it’s just a five day trip to a resort where they can to get drunk, meet women and blow the $285 per month danger pay they’ve collected. European tourists have been complaining about the rowdy Canadians, and alcohol abuse has become such a problem that the military is considering imposing a two drink maximum for the first night soldiers are on the island.

Toronto Star

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