American Military Casulties over the years.

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    American Casulties over the years.

    Open the web site at the end of this there is some very interesting info. (.pdf file)


    These are some rather eye-opening facts:

    As tragic as the loss of any member of the US Armed Forces is, consider the following statistics.

    Annual fatalities of military members while actively serving in the armed forces from 1980 through 2004:


    1980 ......... 2,392

    1981 .......... 2,380

    1982 .......... 2,318

    1983 .......... 2,465

    1984 .......... 1,999

    1985 .......... 2,252

    1986 .......... 1,984

    1987 .......... 1,983

    1988 ......... 1,819

    1989 .......... 1,636

    1990 .......... 1,508

    1991 ......... 1,787

    1992 .......... 1,293

    1993 .......... 1,213

    1994 .......... 1,075

    1995 .......... 1,040

    1996 .......... 974

    1997 ........ 817

    1998 ......... 826

    1999 ......... 795

    2000 ......... 774

    2001 ......... 890

    2002 ......... 1007

    2003 ......... 1,410 ----- 534*

    2004 ......... 1,887 ----- 900*

    2005 .......... ! 919*

    2006 .......... 920*

    * Figures are Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom fatalities only. Does this really mean that the loss from the two current conflicts in the Middle East are LESS than the loss of military personnel during Mr. Clinton's presidency? ... Were we at war?

    Now, are you confused when you look at these figures? Especially when you see that in 1980, during the reign of President "Nobel Peace Prize, Jimmy Carter" himself, there were 2,392 US military fatalities.

    What this clearly indicates is that our media and our liberal politicians
    pick and choose, and they tend to present only those facts that support
    their agenda driven reporting.

    Another fact our left media and politicians like to slant is that these
    brave men and women losing their lives are minorities. Wrong again -
    The latest census shows the following:

    European descent (white) .... 69.12%

    Hispanic .... 12.5%

    African American .... 12.3%

    Asian ..... 3.7%

    Native American ..... 1.0%

    Other ..... 2.6%

    Now, the fatalities over the past three years in Iraqi Freedom are:

    European descent (white) .... 74.31%

    Hispanic ..... 10.74%

    African American .... 9.67%

    Asian ..... 1.81%

    Native American ..... 1.09%

    Other ..... 2.33%

    These statistics are published by DOD and may be viewed at:

    http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL32492.pdf
     
  2. In response to Trip Wire’s statistics I don’t dispute the figures, but because the overall size of the US Armed Forces has reduced by approximately 20% since 1980 you need to look at the percentages to understand the true impact of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

    Generally, in the twenty six years recorded in the document referred to in the previous post, there have been only two of the recorded areas that have changed considerably; Accidents and Hostile Action.

    Accidents:
    From 1980 to 1982 there were 0.07% fatalities due to accidents. From 1983 until 2003, this percentage steadily dropped to 0.03%. In 2004 and 2005 the percentage rose slightly to 0.04% and returned to 0.03% in 2006. This trend is an accepted positive change in all walks of life in the developed world - less training accidents = less law suits!

    Hostile Action:
    From 1980 until 2002 there were between 0% and 0.01% fatalities of the total US military strength due to hostile action. In 2003 this percentage rose to 0.02%. In 2004 and 2005, the percentage rose to 0.04% and rising again in 2006 to 0.05%

    In summary, the percentage of fatalities whilst serving in the US military since 1980 was steadily reducing from 0.11% until 2002 where it had settled at 0.06%. Since 2003 the percentage rose to 0.07% and in 2006 it had returned to 0.11% - the same as it was in 1980.

    Therefore, despite improved focus on the welfare of employees in the developed world and advances in modern medicine and healthcare, the fatality rate in the US military is the same as it was 26 years ago. If the US military was not involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, the percentage of fatalities would have dropped from 0.11% in 1980 to 0.07% in 2006.
     
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  4. Trip Wire, I agree. Incidentally, I noticed your "statistics" on the original post were missing ~1000 deaths in 2005 and the same in 2006!