Suicides in US Army active-duty forces rise 46 percent compared to last year: Pentagon


According to the Pentagon’s new suicide report, suicides in the US Army’s active-duty forces have risen 46 percent in the last quarter.

In Q2 of 2021, 60 active-duty US Army personnel lost their lives by suicide compared to 41 in the previous year.

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Additionally, the number of US military personnel who died by suicide in Q2 of 2021 was 139 compared to 130 in the same period last year.

Comparatively, the total number of military personnel killed by coronavirus since the onset of the epidemic Stands At 67.

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Last month, the Army released statistics showing that suicides in the Armed Forces have increased by 15%, which senior leaders call trouble, with significant increases in the Army and Marine Corps. He urged more effort to reverse the trend.

According to statistics, there were 580 suicides last year compared to 504 the previous year. Of those, the number of suicides by Army National Guard troops increased by 35%, from 76 in 2019 to 103 last year, and the active-duty army saw an increase of nearly 20%. Marine Corps suicides increased from 47% to 62% to over 30%; The Marine Corps reserve rose from nine deaths to 10.

“The findings are appalling,” said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. “Suicide rates are still high among our service members and military families, and trends are not heading in the right direction.”

This summer, a research paper concluded that an astounding 30,177 American were active Military It is estimated that staff and veterans involved in the post-9/11 wars have died by suicide — at least four times more than the 7,057 service members killed in the war.

Statistics from the report emerged this summer The cost of the war project – A joint research effort between Brown University and Boston University.

“Unless the US government and US society make significant changes in the way we handle the mental health crisis among our service members and veterans, suicide rates will continue to rise.” The newspaper warns. “We cannot accept the cost of the war.”

LBL’ Greg Norman and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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