Tuesday, January 1

When soldier suicides are higher than combat

There is something wrong when the number of soldier suicides in your army is significantly more than combat deaths (303 suicides versus 212 combat deaths). Source.

Whilst almost 85% had no direct combat history (could have been deployed but didn't see action), so combat stress can be ruled out. One wonders when an organisation so disciplined and well supported has such high rates of suicide, its going to be difficult to support and reduce…

and then this point…

A bipartisan group of lawmakers from both the House and the Senate are pushing for new rules that would allow military commanders and mental health specialists to ask unstable troops if they own personal firearms, reports Stars and Stripes.

What are the chances of that happening? I know that a person will commit suicide irrespective but still easy access to firearms makes it much more easy…Not good.

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