Reuters (8/18, Jenkins) reported on a sharply higher suicide rate among active-duty soldiers in July, according to the US Army, which tracks the statistics. At 26 suicides, July’s rate more than doubled from June’s — 12 such deaths — and was believed to be the most ever recorded in a single month. Through July, the Army said it likely had 116 suicides, compared to 165 for all of 2011. The Army said 12 reserve soldiers also were believed to have committed suicide in July, for a total this year of 71. Separately, the Marine Corps said it experienced eight likely suicides in July, compared to six in June, bringing its 2012 total to date to 32, which was the total for all suicides in 2011.
— “U.S. Army suicides reached record monthly high in July, “Colleen Jenkins, Reuters, August 17, 2012.