Military Suicide Rate Higher Than Previously Thought

Posted April 29, 2014 at 12:13pm

“Rates of suicide in the military were slightly worse during the war years than what the Pentagon previously reported,” USA Today reports.  

“The new arithmetic shows that from 2006 forward — during the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan — the true suicide rate across the U.S. military was actually several tenths of a percent to 1% or more higher than what was being reported.”  

“The problem with the old, now-abandoned calculation, is that it relied partly on an estimated figure in determining a suicide rate rather than precise numbers, says Army Lt. Gen. Michael Linnington, the military deputy to the under secretary of Defense for personnel and readiness.”