"After my sixth divorce, I started to wonder if it was me?" Greg Allman
In the 4 years I was in the Army, (82nd Airborne) I knew of about 10 deaths. 2 were suicide, 7 were auto accidents, and 1 was training. Drunk 19 year olds going fast was the single biggest contributor to cause of death. This was just one Army base.
You need to look at the figures as a percentage, not a pure number. The death rate is about constant, mostly due to accidents, illnesses, suicides, etc. The pure numbers are smaller in later years because the size of the military is smaller. The conclusions drawn otherwise are not valid.
Sure, but you also have to weigh the fact that we are at war as well. The point is. Each and every death is tragic in and of itself.A death from a training exercise is no less tragic than a death in combat. But taken as a whole, the number of deaths the military has claimed while being in a war zone is quite low in comparison.
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