U.S. Army suicides through August

By SB Anderson

U.S. Army suicides are down slightly over a year ago, but more inactive reserve soldiers continue taking their lives than their active duty counterparts. That trend began earlier this year and is not necessarily surprising given the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan. The army released the data on Friday,  a week or so later than usual.

The total of potential active duty suicides this year exceeds the number of Army casualties so far in Afghanistan, which stood at 92 this week, according to the the Pentagons’ Defense Casualty Analysis System.

Additional year-to-date data available on Medill National security Zone for the U.S. Marines and Navy.

U.S. Army Suicides

Army suicides through August 2013National Security Journalism Initiative chart based on U.S. Army data