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Report to Congress on U.S. Active-Duty Military Deaths

The following is the June 1, 2018 Congressional Research Service In Focus Report, Recent Trends in Active-Duty Military Deaths.

From the Report

Since 2006—five years after the start of major combat operations in Afghanistan and three years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq—a total of 15,851 active-duty personnel and mobilized reservists have died while serving in the U.S. armed forces.

Seventy-two percent of these casualties occurred under circumstances unrelated to war, a category classified in this report as Non-Overseas Contingency Operations, or Non-OCO. Twenty-eight percent have died while serving in OCO operations—primarily within the territory of Iraq and Afghanistan—during periods of active combat operations. OCO operations related to Afghanistan primarily include Enduring Freedom and Freedom’s Sentinel. For Iraq, OCO operations include Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, and Inherent Resolve.

via fas.org

  • Ed L

    As a Blue Star parent this is a disturbing report

  • Florin

    For me the most interesting part is the 499 reported deaths as being due to homicide.The US military numbers around 2,2-2,4 million active duty,reserves,national guard.Now in the past 12 years on average more than 140 thousand new recruits with no previous experience have joined in an average year.That means about 4-4,3 million or so americans have served at one point or another in the armed forces in this period including reserves.499 homicides would breakdown to about 11-12 homicides per 100 thousand serving personell over a 12 year period.That is interesting.Also you can notice how in 2006-2007 deaths in combat zones were equal or greater than deaths outside this being the peak of the Irak war period for the US military.Since 2012 deaths in combat zones have decreased as the focus has been increasingly on special forces raids and air strikes.