Year: 1990 Source: JAMA, v.264, no.17, (November 7, 1990), p.2241-2244 SIEC No: 19910121

This study compares the death rates for all United States Army soldiers with those for the entire U.S. population by sex, age & race. Deaths are categorized under disease, accident, suicide, & homicide. The results show that soldiers are dying at only half the rate of the civilian population. The homicide rate provides the largest difference: among the civilian black population, homicides are 12 times more frequent than for Army black men. (VM)