Army Reports Suicides Down, But Violent Crimes Up

By: AP
By: AP

A new Army report says the number of suicides among soldiers has been leveling off, but there has been a dramatic jump in domestic violence, sex crimes and other destructive behavior in a force that has been stressed by a decade of war.

Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli said Tuesday that violent sex crimes and domestic violence have increased more than 30 percent since 2006 and child abuse by 43 percent.

Chiarelli was releasing a 200-page report on the health of the troops and the Army's efforts to address the problem.

It said that 278 soldiers in the active duty, Guard and Reserve committed suicide in the budget year ended in September, compared to 304 the previous fiscal year.


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  • by MIKE Location: COLORADO SPRINGS on Jan 19, 2012 at 10:30 AM
    Maybe if the chain of command would stop being concerned about their personal image and start taking care of the soldiers they wont have these issues. Working long unnecessary hours keeping husbands away from their families, long drawn out field problems. I get it we need to train but when you do 12 months overseas, 6 months in the field or more, range after range. Do the ranges when youre in the field training. Give soldiers some slack and stop working them like dogs. I see too often where staff would come in not do PT but work in their offices and go home for lunch at 10 am and you dont see them until 1630 or 1700. I know because nothing gets done. Commanders at the golf courses doing what? take care of the soldiers forget forget about your sorry selves and all you fresh lt's think you know everything ha right. NCO's leaving Army because of the poor command tired of dealing with sorry officers period. Don't worry about draw down I know plenty of good soldiers and nco's leaving........
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      by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2012 at 10:34 AM in reply to MIKE
      It's happening in the Air Force too. PTSD probably has a lot to do with it as well.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2012 at 10:25 AM
    Yeah but our freedom is worth it.
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