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Pentagon Report: Marines See Highest Suicide Rate Since 2011, Navy Since 2019


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The Marine Corps experienced its highest suicide rate in more than 10 years, while the Navy had its highest in four years, according to the Department of Defense’s Annual Suicide Report, released Thursday.

The Marine Corps, Navy and the military as a whole continue to see an increasing trend line with suicide rates rising since 2011, despite a number of DoD efforts over the years to reduce death by suicide, according to the annual report.

The Marine Corps suicide rate for calendar year 2022, which is the most recent annual data available, was 34.9 deaths per 100,000 Marines. It’s the worse rate for the Marine Corps since 2011, when the rate was 15.4. Despite being one of the smallest branches, the Marine Corps had the worst suicide rate of all branches in 2022 and the second worst in 2020. The service referred all questions about the report’s findings to the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

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