Year: 1992 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.22, no.3, (Fall 1992), p.341-349 SIEC No: 19920484

The American military is sensitive to suicide. There are policies that direct the formation of suicide prevention programs, emphasizing a humanitarian approach. Modern military law, however, may view suicidal behaviour as deviant. The prosecution of this behaviour, although possible, has never occurred until recently. The U.S. military has now convicted soldiers for attempted suicide & assisted suicide. This article reviews these recent decisions & suggests revisions in the military law.