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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on November 25th, 2012 at 3:46 am

ROK Drop Open Thread – November 25, 2012

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  • Denny
    10:31 am on November 25th, 2012 1

    Army, Navy suicides at record high|head

    The deaths are now occurring at a rate faster than one per day. On Nov. 11, confirmed or suspected suicides among active-duty forces across the military reached 323, surpassing the Pentagon’s previous high of 310 suicides set in 2009.

    Of that total, the Army accounted for 168, surpassing its high last year of 165; 53 sailors took their own lives, one more than last year.

    “The reason you’re going to see record numbers is because these wars are drawing down and these young men and women are returning home,” Rudd said. “When they return home, that’s where the conflicts surface.”

    While post-traumatic stress disorder was not a factor in large numbers of suicides, data show, among nearly 85% there were failed relationships, something linked to frequent separations.

    Still, at at least a third of soldiers who killed themselves this year never went to war, and some leaders draw a correlation with societal stress, perhaps related to the poor economy.

  • Bob
    7:33 pm on November 25th, 2012 2

    I think it’s always important to look at the larger picture

    For every 100,000 people in America 12 will kill themselves per year.

    Now the Army has 540,000 men/women in the Army. With 165 suicides.

    Which comes out to 253% more suicides in the Army.

    Now just if this study also includes Army Reserves that number isn’t as drastic since the reserve basically doubles that number. So you would have 1,100,000 with 165 suicides. Civilian world you’d have 132.

    Which puts the Army rate at 125%

    Either way it’s higher.

    O yes when I started my arguement I thought the Army would be less then the civilian world but seeing the stresses on the Army it make sense.

    Not just deployments either, those are almost either to deal with.

    Buddy of mine deployed Iraq for 12 months (keep in mind 3 months prior to his deployment he was in the field) so that’s 15 months away from home. He comes back is home for 6 months and then is shipped off to Korea. That’s now 27 months with 21 of them him being gone.

    His wife found another lover in that time and divorced him. His 4 yr old son barely knows who he is. Combine that with the Army’s ability to royally screw up his pay, and his wife getting bad credit since she wasn’t prepared to pay all the bills he’s now:

    1. In debt with bad credit
    2. His son doesn’t know him
    3. His high school sweet heart cheated on him
    4. Divorced him

    On top of the stresses of his daily job. It’s a tough gig.

    O his deployment wasn’t that bad. He is a computer guy and spent all of his time on a base doing his job. Never experienced combat. Do I think he’s going kill himself?

    I know of another individual who lost two spouses to the military. First one was killed in Iraq, second one died in an accident related to the Army. This individual resigned their commission as an officer with 14 years in service because this individual said enough was enough.

    Do I think those individuals at risk for suicide? No I don’t but they are two stories of an unusually high amount of stress that I could see bringing a weaker person to their knees. And they are both incredibly strong minded.

    One more example I know of a cpt, who got put in charge of a bunch of misfits in the Military. He’s been deployed away from his family was looking forward to spending more time with his family since he’s now at a station where they can live with him. However because he has so many knucklehead of soldiers he’s working 16-18 hour days constantly. A short day is 12 hrs he said the other week he found himself only working 10 hrs and was overjoyed. I can clearly see the stress he’s enduring.

    He’ll come in at like 6:30~ leave at like 8 or 9 PM get home have dinner go to bed. Wake up at 5 and start again.

  • Glans
    8:16 pm on November 25th, 2012 3

    The weapons the Norks were going to use on Park Sang-hak are exhibited to Paula Hancox and KJ Kwon of CNN.

    Poison pens and a flashlight gun.

    9:26 pm on November 25th, 2012 4

    @3: Worst Fleshlight ever.

  • kangaji
    8:29 pm on November 26th, 2012 5 I’d just like to get on my weekly rant to further convince Baek Inje of the importance of moving to Japan.

  • Glans
    10:58 am on November 27th, 2012 6

    For discouraged conservatives, here’s a pep talk from Bruce Bartlett at The American Conservative.

  • Denny
    6:25 pm on November 27th, 2012 7

    Belgian discovers his Indonesian wife used to be a man

    “I feel I’ve been assaulted,” he told the Het Nieuwsblad newspaper.

    Jan, 64, said that he and his wife had decided not to have children because he had two by his previous marriage and she fooled him by pretending to menstruate, using sanitary towels, “to conceal the truth”.

    “Even during sex, I never noticed anything,” he said.

    Jan, who is undergoing psychiatric treatment following the discovery, has started legal proceedings to have the marriage annulled but the Belgian courts have so far refused to allow him to turn her out of the family home.

  • Jake
    8:53 pm on November 27th, 2012 8

    Marine killed in the Philippines who happens to be the husband of a US diplomat

  • Eddie Cantor
    2:44 pm on November 29th, 2012 9

    Phillippines Refuses to Stamp New Chinese Passports

  • Casanova
    5:17 pm on November 29th, 2012 10

    I wonder if this was a North or South Korean boat.


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