Military psychologists end up in multiple roles in their daily activities, for instance, many a time many military psychologists end up in circumstantial dual chores, that is serving as therapists-clinicians and at the same time as military officers. Despite their similarity in roles with the civilian psychologists, military psychologists differ from the civilians by some degrees. For instance, military psychologists, unlike civilian psychologists work in isolation in military bases. In addition, military psychologists, unlike civilian psychologists tend to be more committed to military roles and security of the nation compared to the attention they pay to their clients. (Society for Military Psychology, 2007).
Despite the challenges imposed by enemies during the war, it is the responsibility of the military officers to collect the wounded and offer them humane treatments regardless of race, gender or color. In addition, the military officers apart from having the role of ensuring the prisoners of war have not undergone cruel treatments and torture during interrogation they are also supposed to ensure that there is no execution of individuals before proved guilty. (Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, 2009). Military officers have also the responsibility of providing protection to the captured prisoners of war within the time they are under their rule. (APA Actions to Implement the Council Resolutions, 2011).
During the reign of President Bush, prisoners of war experienced a lot of torture due to the power inoculated to the soldiers by President Bush on methods to be used in gathering information from the captured prisoners.
To minimize the cases of torture prisoners of war experienced during the reign of President Bush, the APA wrote a letter to Bush administration requesting for the abolition of the tactics used by psychologists in the interrogations they carried on the captives. At the same time, the APA wrote a letter to America’s judicial committee seeking for reconsideration of the authorizations imposed by President Bush towards interrogations. (APA Letter to Bush, 2008).
However, the main goal of the APA was for the abolition of torture imposed by the American army to the prisoners they captured. According to APA, the treatments inoculated by the army in their collection of information from the captives were inhuman.
There is no need of the military profession psychologists taking part in interrogating the captured captives. This is from the historic experience of prisoners of war; often the military psychologist officers imposed inhuman tortures on the captives when gathering information. The military psychologist professionals prove inhuman from their acts that pay no attention to the rights of individuals.
Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War. (2009). Web.
Society for Military Psychology: Strategic Plan 2007-2012: Charting a Course for the Future. Think about the future direction of military psychology. Zur Institute: Multiple Relationships In Military Psychology. Web