Pentagon says suicides in the U.S. Army's active-duty forces jumped 46-percent compared to last year
The Pentagon released a new report about the suicide rate in the rows of the US Army’s active-duty forces and it shows that suicides jumped 46-percent last quarter compared to the same period last year.
According to Q2 report, 60 active-duty service members of the U.S. Army took their own lives in 2021 compared to 41 in 2020. The report also included the number of suicides among both active and reserve Army personnel. In 2021 it was 139 compared to 130 during the same period last year.
Pentagon: 46% spike in suicide among U.S. Army’s active-duty forces in Q2 compared to same period last year pic.twitter.com/ukOxqNEjFO— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) October 13, 2021
According to data, there were 580 suicides last year compared with 504 the prior year. Of those, the number of suicides by Army National Guard troops jumped by about 35%, from 76 in 2019 to 103 last year, and the active-duty Army saw a nearly 20% rise. Marine Corps suicides went up by more than 30%, from 47 to 62; while the Marine Corps Reserves went from nine deaths to 10.
"The findings are troubling," Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said. "Suicide rates among our service members and military families are still too high, and the trends are not going in the right direction."