An Army report on the record number of soldier suicides says the trend is part of a rise in risky behavior including drunk driving and drug abuse in a military stretched to the breaking point by the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The report says the Army is failing its soldiers by missing signs of trouble, or by looking the other way as commanders try to keep to tight schedules required to meet deployment schedules.
The Army vice chief of staff, Gen. Peter Chiarelli, said Thursday that statistics on levels of drug and alcohol abuse, car accidents and crime suggests that soldiers are taking more risks while discipline has slipped.
The Army counted 160 suicides last year, the highest total ever.
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