Suicides up in 2010, U.S. Army says
The Army says it had almost one suicide per day in 2010.
January 25th, 2011
03:26 PM ET

Suicides up in 2010, U.S. Army says

Think about what you did in the past 24 hours.

Now consider that a United States soldier, or another member of the Army family, took his or her own life during that same time.

The Army announced that the number of suicides rose again in 2010 to almost one per day, reported Charley Keyes, CNN's senior national security producer.

Suicides doubled in the calendar year 2010 for the National Guard, while suicides among active-duty soldiers actually declined for the first time in six years, to 156. But suicides in the Army National Guard were up to 112, twice the number for 2009. 

Overall, the number of suicides was 343, an increase of 69 over 2009. That includes self-inflicted deaths among active-duty soldiers, the National Guard, the Army Reserves, civilian employees of the Army, and family members, Keyes wrote.

The stories behind the numbers are complex, and there are myriad factors that might lend to the high numbers. It's not as simple as blaming the experience of war.

For example, more than 50% of the people in the National Guard who committed suicide had never been deployed, the acting director of the Guard, Maj. Gen. Raymond Carpenter,  told CNN. 

The news about suicide made headlines the same week the American Journal of Psychiatry released a study which found that soldiers who received extra mental health-screenings had lower rates of combat stress. The study focused on more than 10,000 soldiers from Fort Stewart, Georgia.

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  1. Raymond

    THE QURAN (57:20) Know it well that the life of this world is nothing but a sport and pastime, and a show and boasting among yourselves and a rivalry in wealth and children. Its example is of vegetation after a shower of rain, which delighted the tillers, then the same ripens and you see it turn yellow, then it becomes straw. Contrary to this, in the life here-after there is severe torment and forgiveness from Allah and His good pleasure. The life of this world is nothing but illusion.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Daniel

    Troops in Canada are also having a rough time adjusting....seems most of them end up on all the meds they throw at them looking for an instant fix.
    combat stress has always been a rough deal for soldiers to cope with...I think the big difference in the modern world is they return home too fast.....at least in WW2 they had time to sort themselves out before they came home.....lots of them also suffered tragic ends and others coped with booze and drugs but the time advantage helped allot fo them come to terms with what they did and saw before the got tossed back into the civilian world

    January 25, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Raphael

    I hae a lot of respect for the troops that have been sent out to miserable places like Iraq and Afghanistan to fight a senseless war that even our leaders don't believe in. The entire mission in Iraq and Afghanistan is suicidal because there is no end in sight. After billions of dollars wasted and countless lives lost, we are defending petty dictators in Iraq and Afghanistan. Laws are being put in place that make it impossible for Christians to live in places like Iraq or Afghanistan without fearing being beheaded. Our troops see all of this senseless waste of life first hand.
    I appreciate the comments from the people who served here because their stories ought to be heard more in the mainstream media. From what I've heard, my worst fears have been confirmed.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. yellow cat

    I have a family member joined the reserves to enable him to go to college. The military didn't payout what was promised. The recruiter misrepresented details. When our young people sign their lives away to the military machine they are abruptly exposed to a harsh environment, a variety of people, some who are rude, crude and who lack morals. Some who make it their mission in life to make others miserable. The low pay, the lies, and undesirables, throw this into the mix, you have a perfect storm for suicide!

    January 25, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. punisher86

    Nobody ever said the army or the military in general was easy. if your joining just for college or extra money, dont waste our time.

    January 25, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Christy

    The rate of suicides for the Army is 22 per 100,000 soldiers. The rate among civilians within the same age group is 20 per 100,000. Did anyone ever think that the rise in suicides might also have to do with the same stressors that have made the civilian suicide rate rise? In addition to the stresses of military life (deployment, separation from support systems, relationship problems, combat stress, high operational tempo) Soldiers are subject to the same stressors as the general population (bad economy, housing market, etc.).

    January 25, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Avsec bostjan

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    January 25, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. liz from OH

    I give praise to all who join our armed forces and believe we all should. In whatever capacity they serve. I sit home safe because of them. My prayers go out to the families.

    January 25, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. maggie

    Unless you have been there and been tortured by a system that doesn't listen to you or care at all about you, don't bother to post here. My husband, who was my best friend, suicided and he was a hero. My prayers go out to every family who has had to bear this burden alone.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tony

    I served in the army.it teaches u alot.one of my best friends killed himself.cuz he was picked on.i tried be there 4 him cuz he wasnt tht tough.he joined 2 get tht.so alot of problems arent frm the nco or sgt. its frm the soldiers.

    January 26, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. fact

    DONT U SEE THE ARMY IS SIMPLY KILLIN YOUNG AMERICANS. AND OVER WHAT? FREEDOM??? WHATEVER MAN. LETS GO TO IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN TO FREE OUR COUNTRY. FREE OF WHAT? WE ALREADY FRE. THEN THEM SOLDIERS GET KILLED AND THEN APPRECIATED AFTER THEY R DEAD. SO DARN SAD. WE ALREADY FREE. SO Y WAR? MONEY AND POWER. WAKE UP PEOPLE. ARMY PEOPLE DONT GET BUT TRAINING KILLIN MACHINES TO GO OVERSEAS AND FIGHT. BUT IF U THINK DEEPLY. FIGHT OVER WHAT?????NOTHING VALUABLE. SAD BUT TRUE. LIVE YOUR LIVES. ENJOY LIFE

    January 26, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Markey Marshall

      How so very true that is,fact. But do the bureaucrats in Washington care?

      January 26, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. huh

    so what are we fighting for again? does anyone really know?

    January 26, 2011 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. SGT. Blue

    We must do all that we can to help save our people. This problem is not an easy one to solve. You the reader can be a part of the solution by being there for someone at risk. We are all family. 60000 years ago our common relation left Africa.

    January 26, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. Former NG

    Newsflash for full-time military that are bashing the Guard......as my former Drill Srgt said "Don't bash the Guard about just being there on the weekends...... those people actually get more training on the tanks and other eqipment than full-time military, who end up sitting on their butts behind a desk and doing actual training only 4 to 5 times a year!!" Guess what, that make us the first to get called out half the time!!! Putting up with your "we're bigger and badder than you" b.s. is what causes those poor kids to kill themselves, so hop down from your high horse and try to understand us and our position instead of calling us weak!!

    January 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Melissa

    Can you please provide the source for the study conducted by the Army where these statistics came from?
    Thanks

    February 4, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
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