The number of suicides among U.S. military personnel has increased by 18 percent compared to last year, reaching the highest in the last 10 years the level. This was reported with reference to the official data the Pentagon's British newspaper "The Guardian".
According to information provided by the U.S. defense department for the first 155 days of the year take their lives have brought 154 American troops, that is an average of one person a day. It is more than 50 percent higher than the U.S. casualties in Afghanistan in the past year and 25 percent higher than the suicide rate in the country's armed forces two years earlier.
Such a sharp increase in the number of suicide cases in the U.S. military, according to the British newspaper, was an unpleasant surprise to the Pentagon because it was thought that this figure "level off" at the turn of 2010-2011. Experts still do not give a specific explanation of this "growth", but it is believed that by "traditional reasons" — post-traumatic stress, misuse of medication, alcohol, drugs, and so on — we added more personal financial problems and lack of confidence in the future related to the global economic crisis . Although the greatest risk of suicide are subject to servicemen who have "hot spots", the rate of suicide is high among non-participants in the fighting soldiers and officers, analysts said.
Growth in the number of suicides in the military is a major concern, and the weakness of the economy, probably plays a significant role, says Jackie Garrick, head of the recently established at the Ministry of Defense of the Office for the Prevention of suicides in the military. According to the American brigadier general in retirement, Dr. Stephen Xenakis psychology, the growth of this indicator is a manifestation of the increasing voltage as the U.S. is going to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.
"This is a consequence of the stress that is experienced in the army for more than 10 years of war — he said. — We have already noted the significant increase of this index during periods of code fighting seemed to be going into decline, and the Army / Army / returned to the barracks. "