Department of Defense Annual Suicide Report: Calendar Year 2020   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the Document: "The DoD Annual Suicide Report (ASR) serves as the official source for annual suicide counts and rates for DoD. This report also describes Departmental initiatives underway to combat suicide among Service members and their families. [...] Key findings: 1. Active Component suicide rate statistically increased from CY [calendar year] 2015 - 2020. Near-term, Active Component rate was statistically comparable across CY 2018 to CY 2020. 2. Reserve and National Guard suicide rates did not show evidence of an increase or decrease from CY 2015 - 2020. Near-term, Reserve rate was statistically comparable across CY 2018 to CY 2020. National Guard rate had statistically decreased from CY 2018 to CY 2019, returning to a comparable level in CY 2020. 3. Service members at higher suicide risk are primarily enlisted, male, and under 30 years of age. 4. Suicide rates for military spouses and dependents in CY 2019 were statistically comparable with CY 2017 and CY 2018, and to the U.S. population rates after accounting for age and sex, with the exception of male spouses. 5. Firearms were the primary method of suicide death for Service members and family members. Recent DoD data also revealed Service member hold misconceptions regarding firearms and suicide risk."

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