TV News LIES

Saturday, May 28th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Military Army suicide rate in July hits highest one-month tally

Army suicide rate in July hits highest one-month tally

E-mail Print PDF

Gen. Ray OdiernoSoldiers killed themselves at a rate faster than one per day in July, the Army announced Thursday. There were 38 deaths either confirmed or suspected as suicides, the highest one-month tally in recent Army history, the service said.

The Army suicide pace this year is surpassing last year, particularly among active-duty soldiers where there is a 22% increase — 116 deaths so far this year vs. 95 during the same seven months last year, according to Army data.

The current Army suicide rate seven months into this year is 29 deaths-per-100,000, far surpassing last year's rate of about 23 deaths-per-100,000, says Bruce Shahbaz, an Army analyst. Those rates compare with a 2009 civilian rate — the latest available data — of 18.5 for a demographically similar population.

A new pattern has emerged this year with more suicides among veteran soldiers than among younger GIs, Shahbaz says.

Within the active-duty Army in 2012, there were 54 suicides among enlisted soldiers ranked sergeant or higher (not including officers ranked lieutenant or higher) compared with 46 among junior enlisted, the first time this has happened, Shahbaz says. The Army has traditionally viewed younger soldiers as the most vulnerable suicide population, but that may be changing, he says.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


World War II plane crashes into Hudson River, pilot's body recovered

WWII plane crashes into Hudson RiverThe body of the 56-year-old pilot who is presumed to have been operating a World War...

The merchants of war sell their wares at Tampa Convention Center

Merchants of War in Tampa Packed with robots and trucks and guns and drones, the Tampa Convention Center’s exhibition hall this...

“American Sniper” Chris Kyle Distorted His Military Record, Documents Show

Chris KyleNo American has been more associated with the Navy SEAL mystique than Chris Kyle, known as...

Snowden calls for whistleblower shield after claims by new Pentagon source

Snowden calls for whistleblower shieldEdward Snowden has called for a complete overhaul of US whistleblower protections after a new source...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!