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Fort Leonard Wood reports highest number of basic trainee suicide attempts

A new entry in the Pentagon’s most recent suicide event report data shows the instances of suicides, suicide attempts and suicidal ideations among new troops during their first six months of service, broken down by where they went to initial entry training.

Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, the Army’s home of military police, chemical engineer basic training, showed by far the most risk in 2019: 26 suicide attempts and 212 reports of suicidal ideations, with roughly 15,000 basic trainees every year. The data does not delineate whether the events occurred during basic training itself, or after those soldiers got to their first units.

By contrast, the Army’s biggest training post is Fort Jackson, South Carolina, which reported two attempts and 253 reports of suicidal ideations in 2019, out of roughly 48,000 total trainees every year.

“Risk of suicide can often arise from a range of factors, including at the individual, relationship, and community levels,” Maj. Charlie Dietz, a Pentagon spokesman, told Military Times on Friday. “The Department’s approach is consistent with research and targets suicide prevention efforts that take into account the unique characteristics of our population.”

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