US army top brass blamed for rise in troop suicides


Brad Norington
The Australian
July 31, 2010

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An internal army report found the top brass had failed to recognise a disturbing trend and was often too distracted by planning for the next military mission.

With the US stretched militarily as it fights wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the report commissioned by the army’s vice-chief of staff, General Peter Chiarelli, found the suicide rate among soldiers had jumped to record levels, surpassing the civilian rate.

Last year, there were 160 suicides among soldiers on active duty, putting the army suicide rate at 20.2 per 100,000. The US national average is 19.2.

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