I was chief of psychiatry at the hospital at Fort Benning, Ga., from 1995 to 1998. During the first year, there were seven suicides among active-duty personnel. With strong command interest and intense suicide-awareness training, that number was reduced in the following two years. Nevertheless, the consensus among commanders and medical staff throughout the Army was that if such training slacked off, the suicide rate would rise again. Our assessment then was that most of the suicides were, sadly, more closely associated with cluster B character traits than with anything else. A few were murder-suicides. The increasing trend was, in turn, felt to be a reflection of evolving character traits in the general population.