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Weeel...... if you included off duty deaths and went across all three services and included accidents on operations, but excluded purely non sudden deaths by natural causes, it might be more than 40. However, the suicide figure would be a much, much, lower proportion.
Mr. MacDougall: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many suicides there have been in the British Army since 2001. 
Derek Twigg: Between 1 January 2001 and 31 December 2005, the latest date for which validated centrally-compiled data are available, there were 52 coroner-confirmed suicide and open verdict deaths among regular Army Service personnel. This figure does not include deaths due to violent or unnatural causes that are still awaiting a coronerâs verdict.
Of course. Average number of suicides in the British armed forces is far lower that in the Russian army. It is (if I understand it corretly) something like 5 per 100,000 personnel per year (correct me if I'm wrong). The respective number for Russian army is 19. It is a huge difference.
Our American friends, alas, have a very high level of suicides.
Soldiers aged under 20 are 1.7 times more likely to kill themselves than civilians of the same age, figures from the Ministry of Defence revealed last night.
The suicide rate for trained soldiers is 27 deaths in 100,000, compared with 17 in 100,000 for recruits.
In 1987, about the same time that Gorbachevâs glasnost policy drew official and public attention to dedovschchina in the Soviet armed forces, a series of revelations about regimental initiation rites in the British Army forced the MOD to place the problem of bullying high on its personnel management agenda. Senior officers and defence officials were shocked by reports of bizarre and vicious initiation ceremonies in the Army involving beatings, humiliation and sexual assaults taking place in prestigious regiments such as The Coldstream Guards and The Kingâs Own Scottish Borderers. Reports of these events soon reached the press in the UK and abroad5. Some of the occurrences appeared uncomfortably similar in brutality to reports of the worst excesses of dedovshchina starting to emerge from the Soviet military.
Yes but is it any higher that the percentage lost in the general population? Quick look at the UK national stats from 1991-2006 shows a range from 17-21 per 100,000 male and 6-7 per 100,000 female. That is probably broken down by age but couldnt be bothered to dig deeper.
But from that we can conclude that you are more likely to commit suicide as a general male member of the UK population than a Russian squaddie. That kinda figures I suppose. And now I'm really depressed
The figures for suicides in the Russian Army are, frankly, unsurprising.
The practice of deliberately shipping peasant conscripts thousands of miles to the garrison furthest from their home, with no leave for two years, is hardly conducive to high morale.
Then factor in the six month training cycle, repeated four times in two years, with each intake being encouraged to brutalise all subordinate intakes, poor pay/accommodation/equipment/messing etc.
Even Troopski Job would be tempted to eat a bullet under that regime.