US soldiers nine times more likely to die by suicide than in action: Pentagon

US soldiers nine times more likely to die by suicide than in action: Pentagon


U.S. soldiers are overwhelmingly more likely to die by suicide than in combat, according to data from the Pentagon.

A five-year study from the Defense Health Agency, from 2014 to 2019, found suicide as the leading cause of death among active-duty soldiers. Compared to 96 combat deaths over the period, 883 soldiers died by suicide — nine times more. The second leading cause of death was accidents, with 814 deaths.

According to figures obtained by USA Today, the suicide rate among active-duty soldiers has climbed significantly since the end of the study in 2019, when the suicide rate was 28.8 per 100,000 soldiers. It rose to a record high in 2023, with 36.6 deaths per 100,000. The rate for 2024 is 31.8 per 100,000 through

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