Monday, March 03, 2008

Why Are U.S. Troops So Hard To Kill?

While every combat death is a tragedy, the war in Afghanistan has been notable for how few of them there have been. We'll use a standard measure of combat losses, the number of troops in a combat division (12-20,000 troops) who are killed each day the division is in combat. Since late 2001, there have been .12 American combat deaths per division day in Afghanistan. During the Vietnam war, the average division lost 3.2 troops a day, which was similar to the losses suffered in Korea (1950-53).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just an FYI,

Jim Burgess has been in Iraq since July or so. He is a member of the Missouri National Guard and his unit got called up for convoy escort duty. He is a sergeant and has been trained as a military policeman (which, if you know Jim, is quite funny) He told me that he learned how to say "put you hands up or I will kill you" in a couple of different languages, as well as how to handcuff people in some unique positions.

I just got word from his family that while Jim's unit is coming home, he signed on for another tour and is being trained as a combat engineer in a sapper unit.

So, what ever you opinion of the war, (or of Jim) lets all hope that he is not part of the 1.2 per day stat.