Concerning US Army Recruiters (and other soldiers) Suicides
Recruiter suicides lead to Army probeSurely, somewhere in these same old, same old, sad and sorry US services' suicide stories a sombre moral lurks.
AP HENDERSON, Texas
Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Henderson, a strapping Iraq combat veteran, spent the last, miserable months of his life as an Army recruiter, cold-calling dozens of people a day from his strip-mall office and sitting in strangers' living rooms, trying to sign up their sons and daughters for an unpopular war.
He put in 13-hour days, six days a week, often encountering abuse from young people or their parents.
When he and other recruiters would gripe about the pressure to meet their quotas, their superiors would snarl that they ought to be grateful they were not in Iraq, according to his widow.
The all-volunteer military is under heavy pressure to sign up recruits and retain soldiers while it wages two wars.
In all, 15 of the Army's 8,400 recruiters have committed suicide since 2003. During that period, more than 540 of the Army's half-million active-duty soldiers killed themselves.
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