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U.S. Army to Provide Specialized Training in Face of Record Suicides

The United States Army has announced that it will implement a service-wide training program to help identify soldiers at risk and teach personnel how to intervene in those situations. The program will start on February 15 and will run for a month. Once the initial training has been completed, a second training program will start to teach suicide prevention.

On Thursday, the Army released figures indicating that the one-year rate for suicides was at the highest level since it started keeping records 28 years ago. Altogether, 128 soldiers committed suicide in 2008 and another 15 case of suspected suicide were reported among active-duty personnel, reserves, and activated National Guard.

The confirmed suicide rate among soldiers was 20.2 per 100,000 in 2008. The suicide rate for the general population in 2005 was 19.5 per 100,000 people.

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