Ex-military personnel who serve less than 4 years 'are at increased risk of suicide'

April 2, 2015 7:04 AM

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Ex-military personnel who serve less than 4 years 'are at increased risk of suicide'

The authors of the new study write that the US military has traditionally had lower rates of suicide compared with the general population. However, suicide rates among active duty personnel have risen sharply in the last decade - almost doubling among the Army and Marines Corps.

Despite speculation that there may be a link between deployment and increased incidence of suicide, data from the Department of Defense (DoD) show there was no history of deployment in about half of suicide cases that occurred on active duty.

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