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Stress comes in all shapes and sizes, and it has become so universal that it seems to affect everything and everybody. Levels of stress—both physical and mental—and the ability to cope with it are different for everyone.

The operational environment of today’s military exposes service members and units to many unforeseen demands. The need to perform under these difficult situations can cause stress reactions. Although stress can have the beneficial effect of sharpening the senses, impelling acts of heroism, and drawing a unit’s members closer together, when a service member’s ability to deal with stress is exceeded, the consequences may be operationally significant. Independent of whether these consequences are behavioral or physical manifestations, the net result is a loss of manpower and constrained unit resources. The commander’s management of stress during these military operations is critical to ensuring mission accomplishment, military readiness and health protection.

Source: DeploymentLink Deployment Health Support

Army Terms of Reference for Stress