http://www.newser.com/article/da2io7r02 ... -2011.html
Ten months into 2012, the number of suspected suicides by active-duty soldiers has surpassed last year's total, even as the Pentagon struggles to stem the persistent problem.
According to the Army says there were 20 possible suicides in October, bringing the total for the year to 166 _ one more than the total for 2011. The 20 suspected soldier suicides in October is also a spike, compared to 15 in September.
It goes on to discuss the army's past and continuing response to this. What it doesn't do is provide the basic statistics and how it compares to similar demographics in the general population. I would think this would be journalism 101, which AP should be pretty good at.
Could be there's a real story here. Or not, depending on the outcome of that basic math.
Regarding suicide, I think there really are some higher risk factors in the military than for the general population, but the distinctions are more subtle than buzz words like PTSD would ever explain; in a nutshell, seeking help can be a career ender, and the perceived stigma (is there any other kind?) is an even more powerful dissuasion.
The above is just my opinion, but I think it is pretty accurate. Even so, in the past when such news reports hit the media, it turned out that the numbers for the military matched pretty well with that of the general population.
What's your opinion.