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Department of Defense Suicide Event Report (DoDSER)

The DoD Suicide Event Report (DoDSER) standardizes suicide surveillance efforts across the Services (Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy) to support the DoD's suicide prevention mission. Historically, all the Service branches used idiosyncratic suicide surveillance systems. In January of 2008, the DoDSER was launched as a DoD solution to monitor all branches of the military. The DoDSER program is a collaborative effort among the DoD's Suicide Prevention and Risk Reduction Committee (SPARRC), the Services' DoDSER Program Managers, and the National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2).

Program Benefits

  • Data collection software ensures success of the world-wide suicide surveillance mission
  • Ability to analyze and report on suicide factors in real-time
  • Opportunity to examine data across the Department of Defense

The DoDSER is used for a variety of suicide behaviors including suicides, suicide attempts, and some other suicide related behaviors (e.g., deliberate self-harm or some cases in which only suicidal ideation is documented). Each Service conducts a professional review of records, and conducts interviews where appropriate. The DoDSER Website ( is external) includes instructions, detailed coding guidance, a computer-based training program, and the DoDSER webform that collects the comprehensive information about the Service Member and the suicide event.

DoDSER Annual Reports

Psychological Health Center of Excellence

Supplemental Materials

Additional Website Resources:


Army, Air Force, Navy and the Marines.

DoDSER 2015 Annual Report

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