Army suicides doubled last month from June's total

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Army says suicides among active-duty soldiers more than doubled in July from the month before.

That marks an acceleration of a military-wide trend this year that has caused Pentagon leaders to step up their search for solutions to a problem that has worsened in 2012 as the pace of combat has eased.

The Army had 26 suicides in July among active-duty soldiers, compared to 12 in June. In May it had 16.

Among Army Reserve soldiers not on active duty, there were 12 suicides in July -- the same as in June.

For the first seven months of 2012, the Army has recorded 116 suicides among active-duty soldiers. If that pace were maintained through December the year's total would approach 200, compared to 167 for all of 2011.

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  • by the troll Location: G.J. on Aug 17, 2012 at 07:15 AM
    the weak minded always take the easy way out!
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      by Anonymous on Aug 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM in reply to the troll
      Then why are you still here?
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      by Szabla on Aug 17, 2012 at 12:37 PM in reply to the troll
      Find a veteran and get in his or her face and tell them that. What afraid?
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        by Szabla on Aug 17, 2012 at 12:40 PM in reply to Szabla
        Matter of fact, go to the next Wounded Warrior biker Fund raiser and let them know how you really feel. Come on your tough.
  • by Fred on Aug 16, 2012 at 07:46 PM
    The suicide rate in the Army for the past several years is 27 per 100,000. The general population rate is 11 per 100,000 - depending on age group and gender. The military rate should inflame us. The Gov. is not doing enough to help the situation. If this was a corporation or sports team, the management or coaches would be fired for not finding a solution.
  • by Smoke on Aug 16, 2012 at 03:43 PM
    The important statistic is the suicide RATE (#/100,000). Notice how that was omitted from this piece. While reducing suicide is an important goal, this article does nothing except attempt to inflame the passions of the mentally challenged. The Associated Press at it's finest.
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