Common Practices For Noncommissioned Officers

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Common practices for Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs) and higher leadership is to simply punish a Service Member (SM) who repeatedly displays poor behavior than attempt to understand the deep-seated issues plaguing the SM. USA TODAY (2015) reported that in early 2015, drunken driving, speeding, missed appointments and multiple urinalysis failures contributed enough grounds to easily discharge Stephen Akins from the Army (Zoroya, 2015). Beforehand, had any of Akins’ leadership talked with him, they may have better understood the full scope of his situation. Ordinarily, exposure to numerous blasts from improvised explosive devices was one of the many obstacles Akins overcame while overseas. Furthermore, there was no medical treatment or…show more content…
A suicide attempt is when an individual takes an action or behavior with the intentional result of death, but is unsuccessful. When an individual takes an action with the intention result of suicide is suicide (CDC, 2016). Since 2004, the suicide rates among SMs began to steadily increase almost every year (Zoroya, 2016). 2003 was the beginning of the combat operations in Iraq. The proximity of those two events may indicate a direct correlation between the two. In 2012, the suicide rate was at an all-time high, showing an increase of approximately 266 percent from 2001 (Zoroya, 2016). In 2013, there was a decline in suicides of about twenty-seven percent from the previous year. The suicide rate has, since 2013, remained roughly the same, holding at around 120 suicides per year (Zoroya, 2016). U.S. Army males between the ages of 20 and 29 years of age are the majority of suicides. Also, 90 percent of suicide victims are either Caucasians or Black/African Americans (Pruitt, Smolenski, Reger, Bush & Skopp, 2014). Caucasians account for nearly two-thirds of that number. Furthermore, approximately 90 percent of those suicides are E1 through E9 SMs, primarily coming from the Active duty component. More than half of those who commit suicide have only a high school education, and married SMs make up just under 60 percent of the total (Pruitt, et al., 2014). Because of these numbers, demographics, and suicide patterns, several
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