There is an assumption that the soldiers of the fascist army had a connection with anabolic steroids, which resulted in their increased abnormal aggressiveness. However, this wasn’t documented. Now steroids are widespread among many enlisted men of numerous military forces of the world. Below we will describe the use of anabolic steroids in the US Army.
Steroids in the US Army: the Grim Reality
Illegal steroids are used not only in professional sports, as it has become known from the statements of retired soldiers and officers of the US Navy special forces. Some US media outlets report that according to a specially developed Pentagon program, the US Armed Forces resort to doping drugs to turn servicemen into super warriors with gigantic abilities. The command of the US special forces unit prescribes its troops’ members food supplements and preparations that enhance the capability and stimulate the endurance up to a superhuman limit. Military personnel even have dieticians and physiotherapists assigned to them. The US Army is doing everything it can to improve its soldiers’ capacity to endure pain, quickly recover from injuries and remain physically fit under difficult conditions for a long time.
There are various generally accepted ways to increase the efficiency of the military, but unfortunately in most cases, soldiers have exhausted the capabilities of these systems. Equipment of armed forces world-wide is constantly being modernized, so soldiers have to elevate their skills and various characteristics in parallel. Some people say that one of the goals of the program aimed at creating so-called superior individuals will be to expand their aptitude to work in places with extreme conditions (such as at high altitudes or under water, in the desert or in Arctica).
The use of doping in this field caused a huge public response, especially after the recent revelations of Captain Milton “Jamie” Sands, commander of the naval forces on the east coast of the United States. Sands called the number of drugs used by the special units of the navy “staggering.” This was followed by the confessions of other servicemen. Three now serving and three ex-service soldiers with disguised faces and voices asserted in the interview that the illegal use of pharmacological and even narcotic substances by the United States Navy SEALs is constantly augmenting. “During the service soldiers get hooked on cocaine, methamphetamine, or heroin”, one of them said. A former Naval Forces sergeant explained what positive effects were observed during one test. Drugged squaddies were able not to sleep for several nights while covering a long distance in heavy combat outfit. Soldiers must, no doubt, undergo regular checkings.
Anonymous sources reported that they hadn’t been tested for these drugs for years. Firstly, they almost always work remotely from their base, and secondly, the command may be against testing because the effectiveness of troops boosts dramatically being affected by such medications.
What about HGH? HGH may be used when there are appropriate medical indications. Just like in sports, this drug may be permitted. However, some troops can use it illegally.
2008 Military Steroid Scandal
In 2008, there was information that the former US Navy soldier would spend more than seven years in prison for storing weapons, explosives P-4 and steroids at home. Elbert Tillman, Jr. (SEAL) was arrested in December 2007. According to the court records, the former US Navy member stole them in 2001, when he was leaving the fleet after ten years of duty. Tillman asked to reduce his jail term, referring to his past, devoted to defending his homeland but prosecutors noted his mood swings, drug craving and the admonish given in 2001 in Bosnia, when, while performing a secret mission, a drunk Tillman had had an accident and injured himself and two civilians.
Steroids, HGH, Drugs… What’s Next?
It turns out that the US military use not only steroids and human growth hormone but possibly narcotic drugs. American journalists intended to investigate how much money the Ministry of Defense earmarks for treating erectile dysfunction. They revealed, that in 2014, the Health Division of the US Department of Defense had allocated 84.2 million dollars for procurement of the necessary remedies for this purpose. This statistics takes into account both active military servicemen and demobilized personnel and their families.
The Military Times claims that since 2011, the defense sector has already spent 294 million on Viagra, which is equal to the price of several aircraft.
Given the prevalence of this phenomenon, scientists are seriously exploring the possibility and potential of the use of steroids by the military men. Chad Peltier and Kyle Pettijohn (Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton) note that AASs represent a potentially useful remedy to enhance the performance of military personnel. However, the current awareness makes their value and their “associated cost-benefit trade-offs”, uncertain. To reach any “definitive conclusions”, further studies are needed.