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Monday, November 19, 2012

Military suicides up to more than one a day

The military loves to point out that out of these numbers, some have not deployed into combat, but as we've seen in training reports, they never seem to mention what that does to these young men and women. They also fail to understand that if they had these kinds of results training them to go into combat, they'd stop repeating those failures. So how is it that they refuse to change what they do to "prevent" suicides when the opposite is actually happening?

Army, Navy suicides at record high
Gregg Zoroya
USA TODAY

Suicides among active-duty forces across the military are now occurring at a rate faster than one per day.

7:46PM EST November 18. 2012 - With six weeks left in the year, the Army and Navy are already reporting record numbers of suicides, with the Air Force and Marine Corps close to doing the same, making 2012 the worst year for military suicides since careful tracking began in 2001.

The deaths are now occurring at a rate faster than one per day. On Nov. 11, confirmed or suspected suicides among active-duty forces across the military reached 323, surpassing the Pentagon's previous high of 310 suicides set in 2009.

Of that total, the Army accounted for 168, surpassing its high last year of 165; 53 sailors took their own lives, one more than last year.

The Air Force and Marine Corps are only a few deaths from record numbers.

Fifty-six airmen had committed suicide as of Nov. 11, short of the 60 in 2010.

There have been 46 suicides among Marines, whose worst year was 2009 with 52.
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What is worse in all of this is Congress keeps funding the failures and no one is held accountable for any of this.

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