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January 17, 2010

ARMY SUICIDES HIT A RECORD

Jason Diz, AFP - Calling 2009 a "painful year," the US Army announced that it faced a record number of suicides among Army personnel, with 160 active-duty soldiers taking their own lives.

This surpassed the previous record of 140 in 2008, and the previous record before that was 115 in 2007. The Army has been keeping track of suicides since 1980, with the level suddenly rising to epidemic levels in recent years.

But despite the expectation that endless combat deployments would be playing a role in the deaths, officials say that about 1/3 of the soldiers who took their lives this year hadn't yet been sent on any combat missions.


1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

As Andrew Sullivan said a while ago, the military are our employees, and any failures are from poor management. We obviously need better managers out there.

January 19, 2010 2:25 AM  

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