Pentagon Data On Suicides Suggest Some Troops Predisposed.

The Los Angeles Times (6/16, Zarembo) reports that “the most recent Pentagon data show that a slight majority – 52% – of troops who have committed suicide while on active duty were never assigned to Afghanistan or Iraq,” numbers that “upend the popular belief that a large increase in suicides over the last decade stems from the psychological toll of combat and repeated deployments to war.” It adds that “the statistics suggest that the mental health and life circumstances of new recruits are at least as important – and possibly more so – than the pressures of being in the military,” and “it is clear that some enter with a predisposition to suicide.”

Related Links:

— “Deployment to war doesn’t figure in majority of military suicides, “Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times, June 15, 2013.

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