Department of Defense Suicide Event Report (DoDSER)

The DoD Suicide Event Report (DoDSER) system standardizes suicide surveillance efforts across the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy to support the DoD's suicide prevention mission. This includes not only the active component, but the reserves and National Guard.

Suicide mortality data in the DoDSER Annual Report and the DSPO QSRs are provided by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System (AFMES) with inputs from the service suicide prevention programs. Population data are collected from the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC).

The DoDSER is used to track a variety of suicide related risk factors and behaviors for all cases of suicide occurring among U.S. service men and women. All medically identified suicide attempts and other relevant suicide related behaviors (including deliberate self-harm and suicidal ideation) require data to be entered into the DoDSER as well. To collect this information, each service conducts a professional review of records and conducts interviews, when appropriate, to collect and enter comprehensive data about each individual.

Each year these data are presented, formally, in the DoDSER Annual Report. The Annual Report is a recurring effort to organize, analyze, and present the raw data collected by the DoDSER system in a manner that can be used to advance suicide prevention efforts. This publically available resource provides the annual rates of suicide across each of the services and includes a descriptive summary of risk factors present among U.S. service members that engage in suicide related behavior.

The DoDSER website 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

The annual (DoDSER standardizes suicide surveillance efforts across the military services and tracks the DoD’s rate of suicide, total suicide deaths, manner of death, and risk factors for suicide.

The Defense Suicide Prevention Office provides the DoD Quarterly Suicide Report (QSR) that summarizes suicide counts and annual rates for active-duty, reserve, and National Guard members. The purpose of the QSR is to communicate DoD suicide data to stakeholders external to DoD on a routine and frequent basis.

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