rates and open- verdict deaths among young men in the Army are
higher than the national average. The discovery, by the Ministry
of Defence, has prompted an investigation.
the deaths of four service people, all aged 17 to 21, at Deepcut
training barracks in
over six years, the MoD has monitored suspected suicide incidents.
At Deepcut all four died from gunshot wounds. One was recorded as
a suicide, two were open verdicts and the fourth has yet to be
dealt with by a coroner. Surrey Police are still investigating
Defence Analytical Services Agency’s figures for 1992 to 2001
showed yesterday that suicides or open verdicts were
“statistically significantly lower than the national
population”. The exception was 16 to 19-year-old men in the