Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Shocking Statistics


I watched part of a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the US Army's 2012 budget today and I learned three things that flat-out shocked me:

1) 50% of National Guard soldiers who committed suicide were never deployed.

2) Our troops are experiencing oddly high rates of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) at oddly young ages.

3) This generation of soldiers enlisting are less fit and have weaker musculoskeletal strength than previous generations and they carry almost 3x the supplies they should. Thus, musculoskeletal injures are 2x combat injuries.

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