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Suicide Rate for Active Duty Troops 48% Higher Than National Rate

by Ali Meyer, CNSnews:

In 2013, the suicide rate among members of the U.S. armed services on active duty was 18.7 per 100,000, according to data from the Department of Defense (DOD) That was 48 percent higher than the suiced rate among the general population, which was 12.6 per 100,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The DOD’s 2013 Suicide Event Report–the “Department’s principal suicide surveillance tool,” which collects and reports data on “suicide event information, behavioral health diagnosis, psychosocial efforts, demographics, and deployment history”–indicates there were 259 active duty service members who committed suicide in 2013. That was a rate of 18.7 per 100,000 service members.

Of the 259 suicides, 123 were in the Army, 48 were in the Air Force, 45 were in the Marine Corps and 43 were in the Navy. According to the CDC, the general suicide rate in the United States was 12.6 per 100,000.

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