US Army suicides to hit record high in 2012
August 29, 2012
A top US commander says 2012 is expected to be another “tough year” for the country’s entire military as the number of suicides in the US Army ranks is expected to hit a new high for the year.
“Even with the attention of the leadership, I think all the services are feeling it,” Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos said after a speech at the National Press Club on Tuesday, adding, “This year… is going to be a tough year for all the services.”
Amos further noted that the Marine Corps has taken action, including using interactive videos and other measures, to cut the suicide rates in its rank.
This is while July saw eight suicides in the Marine Corps, up from six in June. That brought the number of suicides in the service to 32 for the first seven months of 2012, matching the total for all of last year. (Note: Although eight are certain suicides, a total of 38 suicides are suspected for the month of July, the highest since record keeping began a few years ago.)
Earlier this month, the US Army reported a total of 26 suicides among its active-duty soldiers in July, which is more than twice the figure released for June.
According to US Defense Department statistics, as of June, the Pentagon had recorded 154 suicides across all the military services, a rate of about one suicide per day.
Last month, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta referred to the suicides as “one of the most frustrating problems” that he had come across in his role.
Hmm… a “tough year” doesn’t even begin to explain the skyrocketing suicides of service members. I’d like to see the numbers for PoC suicides; it must be through the roof.
Of course, instead of dealing with the root cause of these suicides, the military has decided to band-aid the problem with….anti-depressant nasal spray.
Also, a July report found mental health disorders in the US military have increased by 65 percent since 2000.