Uncounted Casualties

From Holden:

U.S. Marines are killing themselves at an unprecedented rate.

The suicide rate for U.S. Marines rose a dramatic 29 percent in the past year, most likely because military operations are coming at too fast a pace, says the Corps’ top dog.

Gen. Michael W. Hagee, the Marine Corps commandant, told The Washington Post 31 Marines, all enlisted men, killed themselves in 2004, the highest percentage of suicides in 10 years.

Of those who committed suicide, most were under 25 and took their lives by shooting themselves. Eighty-three other Marines attempted suicide, said the Post.

In 2003 there were only 24 suicides, but, said the paper, no more than 29 in any given year dating back to 1994.