... and make 5? I can't get a link because I'm cheap but today's Daily Express, p27 is carrying the following story: 'Double suicide of new recruits engulfs Army in 'Deepcut Two' row'. As an unsuspecting reader I assumed that two people had died together in some sort of suicide pact. In fact the 'double suicide' was separated by 9 months at Blandford. I would like to take this opportunity to talk about some suicide statistics: Source is an UNCLASSIFIED open letter to the joint chain of command dated 15 Jan 05. Now those are encouraging statistics - but as it says bothing to get complacent about. The five cases of self harm discussed in the Express article are: 1. A female recruit who appears to have committed suicide whose mother claims she was bullied but didn't report it. 2. A male recruit who appears to have hanged himself after a night out drinking. 3. A 17 yo (sex not known) who took an overdose, received treatment and requested discharge. 4. A 19 yo female who took an overdose and received treatment and finally left. 5. A 20 yo female who slashed her own wrists in front of another soldier and later discharged. Am I missing the point here? At what point does personal responsibility kick in for all this? Why does the Army get such a kicking? Now other than the fatuous answer 'to sell newspapers' why do the journos think that this is valuable and newsworthy?