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More active members of the military died during two years of peacetime in the early 1980s than died during a two-year period of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a government report.
The Congressional Research Service, which compiled war casualty statistics from the Revolutionary War to present day conflicts, reported that 4,699 members of the U.S. military died in 1981 and '82 — a period when the U.S. had only limited troop deployments to conflicts in the Mideast. That number of deaths is nearly 900 more than the 3,800 deaths during 2005 and '06, when the U.S. was fully committed to large-scale military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Originally posted by wierdalienshiznit
what was the number of troops the us had in that period?
and how many do they have now?
wasnt it the height of the cold war?
also wernt there a few terrorists attacks in the early 80's?
the bombing of the american us base that killed 250 or so marines springs to mind.
i guarantee the injury rate is currently running higher than any peacetime period.