Senior leaders noted that the significant increase in Army and Marine Corps personnel was disturbing. In fact, the number suicides among U.S. military personnel jumped by 15% last fiscal year. They demanded more effort to reverse this trend.
On Thursday, data showed that 580 people attempted suicide in 2018, compared to 504 people the previous year. The number of suicides committed by the Army National Guard rose by 35% from 76 to 103 in 2019, while the number of suicides committed by active military personnel has increased by almost 20%.
The Marine Corps suffered an increase in suicides by more than 30% from 47 to 62, while the Marine Corps Reserve experienced an increase from 9 to 10.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stated that “the findings of the investigation were disturbing.” “The suicide rate for our active military personnel is still too high, as well as their families,” Lloyd Austin stated.
The suicide problem has been a concern for the US military since a long time. While the causes of suicide are complicated and still not fully understood by military leaders, they have stated previously that they believe that the COVID-19 Pandemic has increased the anxiety in an already anxious military.
The military was asked to assist in the provision of vaccines and testing last year. They also had to fight the virus with their families and friends. They are also responsible for ongoing war zones deployments, national catastrophes, and violent civil unrest.