this is related to another thread but slightly different. because of the other thread titled "Dealing with that fact that you may kill someone while in the Military", I went to my copy of the 2007-2008 VMI catalog to see what courses are taught in ROTC (army, navy, or airforce) on this topic. i was shocked to see that there are apparently ZERO courses on this subject. for NROTC, the closest seems to be: NS 206. Evolution of Warfare I NS 403. Evolution of Warfare II and maybe NS 402. Leadership and Ethics (although the course description definitely says nothing about dealing with death) i then checked the AROTC classes and found this: MS 409. Leadership and Management which has the phrase "Cadets will gain specific knowledge and skills that they will need as professional officers, including training and maintenance management, subordinate counseling and development, Army staff operations and Military Justice." well that might involve handling death and looking at the AFROTC classes, there seems to be nothing at all, unless: AS 403 and AD 404. National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty contains a bit on it. So my question to all the officers and former officers is this- when and where did you first start to cope with this topic? if ROTC is training you to be an officer to lead soldiers, where in the ROTC curriculum is this important topic taught? and if it isn't taught, shouldn't it be?