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Army commanders need to pay better attention to soldiers to prevent suicide

That’s the conclusion of the Army study released yesterday by Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army’s vice chief. Sample gut-wrenching quote: "There are instances where a leader’s lack of soldier accountability resulted in suicide victims not being found until they had been dead for three or four weeks." The whole study is here. First-termers are especially ...

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That’s the conclusion of the Army study released yesterday by Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army’s vice chief. Sample gut-wrenching quote: "There are instances where a leader’s lack of soldier accountability resulted in suicide victims not being found until they had been dead for three or four weeks." The whole study is here. First-termers are especially at risk.

I admire the way Gen. Chiarelli has stuck with this issue. It can’t be easy.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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