Imagine a world in which magical healing exists. A healer may heal wounds very quickly until his energy is exhausted (at peek performance they can heal someone severely wounded back full fighting force on the field). In this world front line soldiers may get rapidly healed from severe injuries and expected to immediately return to battle, occasionally even multiple times in one battle (although due to limited healing resources solders can't expect infinite healing, and could still die from the wounds, or at least need to be taken back to a hospital for slower/regular medical treatment)
How It Works
Healing requires a mage to make physical contact, and takes anywhere from half a minute to 4-5 minutes depending on how serious your injuries, and how experienced the mage. Super experienced mages are limited in number.
Due to the flow of battle a soldier has no way of being certain that a healer will reach him, or be 100% certain that he will survive. If a mage does reach him, they may not be able to heal the soldier completely on the spot - maybe just enough to save his life. Alternatively, the mage may be completely exhausted, and only apply regular bandages and healing salves.
I want to focus on the psychology of front-line soldiers in this situation.
What might the impact on a soldier be from seeing himself brought back to full ability from the very brink of death? Will that encourage recklessness? being super careful in the future?
What emotional impact might the uncertainty of whether you will survive or not have on soldiers in these situations? What about the uncertainty of whether you will suffer for months while recovering, or be healed on the spot?
Will soldier's fighting styles/tactics/bravery remain the same after such an experience? Will fear of getting wounded again affect their ability to continue fighting, or will they be hardened?
To tie it all into one:
What psychological effects might a soldier in this situation experience?