New data from the Pentagon reveals a heartbreaking tragedy that is taking place within the ranks of the U.S. military.
According to Fox News, the report shows that in recent years, not COVID-19 and not combat, but suicides claimed the highest number of lives of our heroic U.S. service members.
By the numbers
The newly-released data from the Pentagon show that 476 members of the U.S. military died by suicide during the first three quarters of 2021. The data is not provided for Q4 of 2021.
Q1 of 2021 saw 146 military deaths from suicide, the report said, according to Fox. Q2 of 2021 saw 167 military deaths from suicide, and Q3 saw 163 military suicides.
The Pentagon provided further data to allow for the comparison of 2021 to previous years. In the entirety of 2020, 701 service members died from suicide.
Perhaps the most shocking data point for many to learn is that, in the wars that have taken place following the events of Sept. 11, 2001, more military personnel have died by way of suicide than by way of combat.
The number of those who died in combat is 7,057. The number of those who died by way of suicide is 30,177 — more than four times greater.
What about COVID-19?
The Pentagon issued a mandate in 2021 requiring all military personnel, with no exceptions, to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
As Fox News noted, there has already been a number of discharges for noncompliance with the federal vaccine mandate. Reports indicate that the total number of U.S. Marines that have been kicked out of the military for refusing to get vaccinated numbers over 200.
For perspective, more military members died of suicide in Q3 of 2021 than have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic in early 2020. In fact, nearly twice as many died from suicide in Q3 than have died from COVID-19 since early 2020.
As of Jan. 8, 2022, 86 military members have died from or with COVID-19. Q3 of 2021 saw more than 160 deaths from suicide.
The data clearly indicates that the military has a much larger problem on its hands than the pandemic. Many believe it would better off focusing resources on combating the pandemic of military suicides than focusing on kicking members of the military for refusing to get vaccinated against a virus.