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US Army Admits Soldiers Suicides  
User currently offlineAirworthy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 1390 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.


It's the other side of war...

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User currently offlineSchoenorama From Spain, joined Apr 2001, 2440 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1355 times:


"It's the other side of war..."

I believe its all the SAME side of war, although it might not be an aspect we are told about much .

Utinam logica falsa tuam philosophiam totam suffodiant!
User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1350 times:

Yeah I always hear how people from Vietnam were all fucked up in the head after it happend.

Go big or go home
User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7907 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1341 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
User currently offlineHamfist From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 614 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1311 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!

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30414 posts, RR: 57
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 1277 times:

We had guys occasionally off themselves when I was in Germany in 1992.

They try and catch that before it happens, but with the additional stress of a combat tour, it shouldn't be unexpected.

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