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Military Suicide Rates Mostly Steady Over Past Decade

October 27, 2023

Meghann Myers

Military Times

The Pentagon's latest annual suicide report shows mostly steady rates among the active and reserve components. (Sgt. 1st Class Elizabeth Pena/Army National Guard)

By Meghann Myers, Military Times / October 26, 2023

There was a small uptick in active duty troop suicides in 2022, the latest Defense Department data shows, with small drops in suicides among Reserve and National Guard members. The overall trend of military suicide, meanwhile, has remained roughly the same over the past decade.

Since the department began tracking numbers in 2011, both the active and reserve component suicide rates have hovered around 20 per 100,000, according to the latest annual Pentagon suicide report released Thursday.

The rates have held steady in the reserve component and increased slightly in the active rank-and-file despite a complete revamping of suicide prevention and mental health infrastructure in the military since 2011.

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