The 2008 national suicide rate adjusted for Marine Corps demographics is 20.7 per 100,000. The national adjusted suicide rate is calculated by taking Centers for Disease Control data, and changing the data to look more like the Marine Corps (mostly young and male). Adjusted civilian rates for CYs ’09 and ’10 will be calculated when the data is available.
U.S. Army Surgeon General Brief on Decreasing Suicides in the Army, February 2, 2010.
THE PURPOSE OF THE SPAP IS TO PROVIDE PROPER TRAINING AND OVERSIGHT OF ARMY SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM (ASPP) ACTIVITIES. ARMY COMMAND (ACOM), ARMY SERVICE COMPONENT COMMAND (ASCC) AND DIRECT REPORTING UNIT (DRU) COMMANDERS SHOULD USE APPENDIX D OF THE ACPHP (INSTALLATION, GARRISON, AND MTF COMMANDER CRITICAL ACTION/TASKS) IN THE FORMULATION OF THEIR SPAP, AS WELL AS GUIDANCE PROVIDED IN AR 600-63.