Sunday, April 23, 2006

VIA ECHIDNE, suicides in the U.S. Army are at record-breaking highs:

The number of U.S. Army soldiers who took their own lives increased last year to the highest total since 1993, despite a growing effort by the Army to detect and prevent suicides.

In 2005, a total of 83 soldiers committed suicide, compared with 67 in 2004, and 60 in 2003 -- the year U.S.-led forces invaded Iraq. Four other deaths in 2005 are being investigated as possible suicides but have not yet been confirmed. The totals include active duty Army soldiers and deployed National Guard and Reserve troops.

Army brass considers an increase of 7 soldiers from 2003 to 2004, and 16 soldiers from 2004 to 2006, who took their own lives to be "slight," and is "not alarmed" by such a "slight increase." But rest assured, the Army does take the emotional and mental health of American soldiers seriously.

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