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Latest Details of Premature Retirement and Suicides in Armed Forces

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Latest Details of Premature Retirement and Suicides in Armed Forces

Suicides by Army Personnel

The details of number of incidents of suicide in the defence forces during last three years and the current year, force-wise & year-wise is as under:
Year
Army
Navy
Air Force
Officers
JCOs/ORs
Officers
Sailors
Officers
Airmen
2014
02
82
Nil
04
02
19
2015
01
77
Nil
03
Nil
14
2016
04
100
01
05
03
16
2017
02
67
01
04
Nil
18
Some of the reasons for committing suicide are family issues/ domestic problems, marital discord, perceived grievances and personal issues etc.

The details of number of officers and Other Ranks who have applied for premature retirement during the last three years and the current year are as under:-
Year
Army
Navy
Air Force
Officers
JCOs/ORs
Officers
Sailors
Officers
Airmen
2014
165
12703
74
32
135
722
2015
108
9296
130
16
67
550
2016
291
12307
142
26
139
649
2017
239*
3844**
30**
15
144
136
* As on 1.10.2017

** upto March 2017

Various steps have been taken by the Armed Forces to create healthy/ appropriate environment for their Officers and Other Ranks. Some of these steps are as under:-

Provision of better quality of facilities such as clothing, food, married accommodation, travel facilities, schooling, recreation etc. and periodic welfare meeting.

Conduct of yoga and meditation as a tool for stress management.

Training & deployment of psychological counsellors.

Institutionalization of projects ‘MILAP’ and ‘SAHYOG’ by Army in Northern & Eastern Command to reduce stress among troops. A ‘Mansik Sahayata Helpline’ have been established by Army & Air Force to take professional counselling. Mental Health Awareness is provided during pre-induction training.

Formation of Military Psychiatry Treatment Centre at INHS Asvini and establishment of Mental Health Centres in Mumbai, Visakhapatnam, Kochi, Port Blair, Goa and Karwar.

This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Smt Darshana Vikram Jardosh and Shri Dushyant Chautala in Lok Sabha today.
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