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Department of Defense Suicide Event Report (DoDSER)

The Department of Defense Suicide Event Report (DoDSER) system standardizes suicide surveillance across the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Space Force to support the Department of Defense's suicide prevention mission.

The DoDSER tracks a variety of suicide-related risk factors and other contextual factors for suicide events that occur among U.S. service men and women. All identified suicide deaths and attempts as well as some other suicide-related behaviors (such as intentional self-harm and suicidal ideation) require DoDSER form submissions.

The DoDSER website includes instructions, detailed coding guidance, a computer-based training program, and the DoDSER form, which is used to collect the comprehensive information about suicide events among service members.

Each service conducts a professional review of records and, when appropriate, interviews family members, friends, colleagues, or the service members themselves, to collect and enter the standardized set of data. Suicide mortality data are provided by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System, with inputs from the services’ suicide prevention programs.

DoDSER Annual Reports

Each calendar year, the DoDSER team cleans, verifies, analyzes, interprets, and contextualizes the collected data in a manner that can be used to advance suicide prevention efforts.  The military suicide data is then presented to military leaders, the services, and the public via the DoDSER Annual Report.  This publicly available resource provides annual rates of suicide for each of the components (active duty, reserves, National Guard) and each of the services (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force). The report also provides the annual totals of suicide deaths and attempts recorded for the military, the mechanisms of injury for those events, and descriptive summaries of risk and contextual factors present among service members who engaged in suicidal behaviors that year.

Current and previous DoDSER Annual Reports can be viewed and downloaded below.

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