Suicide rates of airmen dropped by 49 percent from Fiscal 2004 to 2005, according to Air Force statistics. There were 29 active duty suicides in 2005, a rate of 7.8 per 100,000 airmen. USAF officials credit the lower rates to a “state-of-the-art integrated system of policy and programs” called the Air Force Suicide Prevention Program, which the service created nine years ago.
The Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness revised the Defense Department’s COVID-19 guidelines. The new rules clarify what’s meant by being “up to date” on vaccinations and when personnel must wear masks in vehicles, among other changes.