The leadership of Democrat President Sleepy Joe Biden as the commander-in-chief of the nation’s armed forces has so far been abysmal, the catastrophic pullout from Afghanistan being the most blatant testimony in that regard.
The horrifying consequences for US morale from the humiliating Afghanistan withdrawal are still to be reckoned with but a new report has shown a very concerning trend among US active-duty personnel even before that.
More troops die of suicide per quarter than have died of COVID-19 altogether
According to a newly released report from the Defense Suicide Prevention Office, suicides among active-duty US Army troops in the second quarter of 2021 spiked by 46% compared with the same quarter of last year.
Thus, in the Army alone, a total of 60 active-duty service members committed suicide, compared with 41 in April – June 2020.
A total of 139 members of the American military committed suicide in this year’s second quarter: 99 of them were on active service, 26 were in the National Guard, and 14 were reservists, the DSPO report reveals.
The number of suicides among both active and reserve personnel of the US military in the second quarter of last year was 130.
The number of suicides in the US Army and altogether in just one quarter seems staggering when juxtaposed with the figure of 67, which is the total number of US troops who have passed away from COVID-19 since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
Overall rate is climbing up
In September 2021, the US military disclosed figures that showed the total number of suicides in the armed services altogether in 2020 – 580 – spiked by 15% compared with the 2019 number – 504.
The most significant suicide increases in 2020 were among the members of the Army and the Marine Corps.
According to Dr. Karin Orvis, who has been in charge of the DSPO since 2019, the suicide rates among reservists and National Guard troops have been “statistically flat” in the last years.
However, the suicide rates among active-duty personnel of the US military have grown substantially.
The active-duty service’s suicide rate in 2020 was 28.7 per 100,000 troops, reaching its highest figure so far since 2008 when detailed records in that regard were started.
Back then the rate was 16.9 per 100,000.
According to Orvis, the group of the US military at highest risk of committing suicide is men under 30 years of age.
The group in question made up a total of 42% of the total military service personnel in 2020 but it saw a total of 63% of the military suicides.
The suicide rate in the US Army is the highest, at 36.4 per 100,000, and is almost twice as large as that of the US Navy, which is 19.3 per 100,000.
Those figures might become more gruesome in the wake of Biden’s disastrous pullout from Afghanistan which was a tremendous humiliation for the US military, as America surrendered to the Taliban terrorists after fighting them for 20 years because of their participation in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.