1,000 Dead in Iraq

The mainstream media is reporting 900 killed in Iraq while the military newspaper, Navy Times in the July 26th edition is reporting 1000 killed.

I believe at least part of the difference in the numbers can be explained by the Navy Times including nonhostile deaths in the figures.

It’s a sad fact that there have been 34 self-inflicted deaths during the Iraq war and over 200 people have been killed in accidents.

The Navy Times breaks down the statistics in a number of ways:

By Service:
Army: 738
Navy: 30
Air Force: 29
Marines: 202
Coast Guard: 1

Deaths By Type

Hostile Action: 680
Killed in Action: 540
Died Later of Combat wounds:129
Died while missing in action: 8
Died while captured: 3

Nonhostile: 278
Accident: 205
Illness: 33
Self-inflicted: 34
Homicide: 6

Unknown: 21
Undetermined: 2
Pending: 19

Active Duty: 812
Total Reserve: 188

Deaths by Race\
White: 71.4%
Black: 12.3%
Hispanic: 11.6%
Other: 4.7%

These figures are contrasted against the number of Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, and Others in the general population and in the active duty military.

Whites make up 65% of the active military and comprise 68.4% of the male population between 18-44 years old.

Blacks make up 19.8% of the active military and comprise 12.6% of the male population between 18-44 years old.

Hispanics make up 9.1% of the active military and comprise 13.9% of the male population between 18-44 years of age.

Asians, Native Americans, Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders, and multiple races make up 6.1% of the active military and 5.1% of the male population between 18-44 years of age.

So unlike the Vietnam War, and inspite of fears by some that an all-volunteer foce would place more minorities in harms way, the military death toll is distributed in about the same racial ratio as found in the general population.

Deaths By Paygrade
E-1:1
E-2: 64
E-3: 163
E-4: 282
E-5: 163
E-6: 119
E-7: 38
E-8: 14
E-9: 8

W-1: 1
W-2: 22
W-3: 6
W-4: 5
O-1: 15
O-2: 19
O-3: 43
O-4: 10
O-5: 6

Reserve Casualties
Army National Guard: 105
Army Reserve: 53
Air National Guard: 4
Air Force Reserve: 2
Navy Reserve: 9
Marine Corps Reserve: 15

Deaths by Gender
Male: 977
Female: 23

Deaths By Age
18-19:76
20-24: 409
25-29: 213
30-34: 141
35-39:91
40-44:46
45-49:13
50-54:8
55-60:3

These are sobering figures, and although I don’t think that this war was justified, I believe that we can disagree on this war, but still support our troops and honor the sacrifices made by our men and women in the armed forces.

Salute

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