Army’s report on suicides is incomplete

Before you react to the U.S. Army’s newest report on suicides by its troops, consider the reams of unanswered questions like these:

1. What is the suicide rate (suicides per 100,000 per year)?
2. How does this rate compare to the 18-24 year old civilian cohort?
3. What are the suicide rates of those who have deployed compared to those who have not? Combat action versus no combat action?
4. What is the Army’s suicide rate in 2009 compared to 1999, 1989, and 1979?

Statistics are easy to misunderstand, misconstrue, or twist.

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