Up to a dozen SAS soldiers are suffering PTSD because of a relentless grim cycle dubbed the “Wheel of Death”.
Sources say members of the elite Who Dares Wins regiment are being hit by mental health issues after swapping war zones for intense training or terror ops – with no time for let-up.
Special forces troops are struggling with nightmares, anxiety, fits of aggression and marital break-ups.
Some self-medicate with alcohol and there are fears the 450-strong unit could soon be hit by a suicide.
But insiders say soldiers are too scared to seek help in case it leads to them being kicked out as unreliable.
A sergeant who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan said: “I know at least 12 guys who right now are struggling with mental health problems.
“Guys’ marriages are on the rocks, they’re drinking too much, they have problems. Some will admit it privately but we are all just expected to crack on.
“The problem is the workload has gone through the roof.
“A lot of guys are burnt out when they return from a tour and there just isn’t time to recover.
“Before you know it you are back in some heavy-duty training or on the counter-terrorist team – it’s unrelenting. We call it the Wheel of Death.”
The sergeant said he was speaking out to try and change the culture within the SAS before a member kills himself.