Safe Army Now; A Commander's Guide for Increased Readiness
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON DC
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In World War II, one out of every five American soldiers killed died as a result of an accident. In Korea, more than half the Army personnel who were hospitalized were injured in accidents. In Vietnam, accidents claimed more than 5,700 lives, disabled more than 106,000 soldiers, and produced nearly 5 million nondisabling injuries. Each year, we kill the equivalent of a battalion of soldiers in accidents we lose the equivalent of an entire mechanized infantry brigade for more than 6 weeks because of accidental injuries. The 300 million direct cost of 1 years accidents would put 150 Ml tanks in the field or the same number of attack helicopters on the flight line. The cost of accidents is high and increases each year. The cost must be paid, and it is, in one form or another, out of readiness. Once lost through accidents, combat power is forever lost for the battle. Accidents are a drain on combat readiness the Army simply cannot afford.
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