American soldier suicides continue to outnumber combat-related deaths in 2012, and the trajectory for soldier suicides continues to get worse.
Statistics released by the Department of the Army show that through November potentially 303 active-duty, Reserve and National Guard soldiers committed suicide. As of Dec. 7, Stars and Stripes reports that 212 soldiers have died in combat-related deaths in Afghanistan.
The Army set a grim new record of 177 potential active-duty cases with 2012 coming to a close on Tuesday -- 64 of these cases remain under investigation, 113 have been confirmed.
In June of this year, The Pentagon reported there had been at least 154 suicides among active-duty troops -- a rate of nearly one each day. The number of suicides continues to increase despite numerous new training and awareness programs put into effect in the past few years.
Suicide notes are often left. What did the notes say? What do toxicology reports reveal? Who was his or her "battle buddy" and what did they report? Lap top e-mails? Sites visited? Statistics do nothing. Results of investigations and recommendations might point to common contributing factors and enable mitigation measures.
Some stuff on suicides for whatever it is worth: Suicide rates by country and U.S. suicide rates. I wondered if the rate for active duty military and Reserve and National Guard soldiers was higher than the civilian population. A concern is that the active duty military rates seem to be increasing from year to year.
Whoever wrote this article needs to retake basic math:
212 US KIA this year
177 potential suicides this year.
Iblis is on to something. Casualties are way down.
Apparently has nothing to do with combat:
About 53 percent of those who died by suicide in the military in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available, had no history of deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan, according to the Defense Department. And nearly 85 percent of military members who took their lives had no direct combat history, meaning they may have been deployed but not seen action.
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According to Wiki for 2010, the US is tenth in gun-related deaths but 60% of those are suicides. Guess the UN should address this--a rash of self-induced murders is sweeping Mexico and Brazil....
ISLAMABAD - The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has found former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani guilty of corruption in the 2009 and 2010 Haj operations, The Express Tribune reported on Thursday.
Citing sources, the paper said the investigation agency has referred Gilani's case to the Special Judge (Central), Rawalpindi, under Section 175 of the Pakistan Penal Code so that he may be declared a proclaimed offender. According to legal procedure, the special judge will summon the former premier before the court and ask him to surrender himself for further investigation in the case.
FIA uncovered Gilani's involvement in the Haj scam while investigating other suspects in the case, sources said. According to them, the former premier misused his authority during his tenure on two counts -- to allocate a huge quota to several undeserving Haj operators and to appoint Zain Sukhera as a grade 21 officer in the information technology (IT) ministry.