Report: Slight Decline In Active Duty Military Suicides In 2021

Majority of active service members who died by suicide were young men

  • Active duty military suicides totaled 519 for 2021, a slight decline from 582 in 2020.
  • “There is an increasing trend for all services between 2011 and 2021,” said Liz Clark, director of the DOD Suicide Prevention Office. “In the short term, the Army rate [of suicides] was similar to last year, and there was a decrease with the Navy, the Marine Corps and the Air Force. The Air Force was the only statistically significant decrease.”
  • Of the active service members who died by suicide, the majority were young men.
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