WASHINGTON (CNN) — The U.S. Army will report Thursday the highest level of suicides among its soldiers since it began tracking the rate 28 years ago, CNN has learned.
The Army is expected to announce a new effort to study soldier suicides and links to post-combat stress.
Statistics obtained by CNN show the Army will report 128 confirmed suicides last year and another 15 suspected suicides in cases under investigation among active-duty soldiers and activated National Guard and reserves.
The confirmed rate of suicides for the Army was 20.2 per 100,000. Army officials were reviewing the suspected suicides Wednesday. If any of them are confirmed, the rate would rise.
Last month, Army officials said the nation’s suicide rate was 19.5 people per 100,000, a 2005 figure considered the most recent.
Actually the suicide rates for males 15-24 is 20.835. (Table 5. Number of deaths and death rates by age, and age-adjusted death rates by specified Hispanic origin, race for non-Hispanic population,and sex: United States, 2005 [Rates are per 100,000 population in specified group;age-adjusted rates are per 100,000 U.S. standard population}
That would make the military rate of 20.2 per 100,000 would be in the normal range for males in that age group. The NYT did this same thing a year or so ago with suicides among veterans. They were shown to be doing a little creative number crunching too.
I don’t have any problem with giving extra help to the military or veterans. but I do resent them trying to make them into helpless victims.