Airworthy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 916 times:
The senior officer, who asked not to be named, said that among 53 US military non-combat deaths since May 1, when the war was declared effectively over, were "probable" suicides as well as a large number of road accidents.
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7760 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 867 times:
There was an article in the Sunday Washington Post back when we were officially at war that talked how the DoD classifies combat deaths. More often than not deaths are misclassified for a variety of purposes. One it looks better to have the deaths classified as combat deaths vs. accidents, and many believe that it is better for the families, it helps them to know that their son or daughter died protecting their country and fellow soilders... rather than in an accident or friendly-fire incident. During the actual combat phase the majority (but not a vast majority) of deaths in Iraq were the result of accidents or friendly-fire incidents. Obviously not an aspect of the war, like a soilder suicide, that the DoD wants to publicize.
Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
Hamfist From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 614 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 837 times:
While I sympathize with anyone who feels taking his/her life is the solution to a problem, I doubt you would find much difference between the suicide rate of these soldiers and rates of suicide among non-military who work in high stress environments.
Would this be as news worthy if it the mayor of New York had a press release tomorrow stating that he was surprised to learn, among deaths in the city for that week, a few stock brokers did a superman out of their 43-floor office windows?
We're not perfect and we have our share of people who don't exercise good judgment when reporting the facts, but it's been my experience in almost 7-years of active duty that the U.S. military is just as (if not more) forthcoming about casualty information than any other large public or private organization. If security is at stake, sure details will be withheld--but that is perfectly justifiable. Sure, I'd like to know how a loved one lost his/her life, but it's not something I have an unlimited right to know!