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'Lack of Spiritual Faith' is Sign of Suicide Says U.S. Marine Corps

A lack of spiritual faith is a warning sign for suicide, according to some recently surfaced U.S. Marine Corps' training documents.

The Marine Corps’ “Force Preservation Program" features a section labeled “potential risk indicators,” which include warning signs of suicide such as: family history of suicide, divorce, loss of loved one, financial worries substance abuse and a “lack or loss of spiritual faith.”

According to, an unidentified Marine found the notation in the manual and notified the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), which is planning a lawsuit against the U.S Military.

“The whole concept of judging service members based on their spirituality is completely unconstitutional,” MRFF President Mikey Weinstein told

“This country was founded on a very critical principle, the Founding Framers looked at the horrors that occurred throughout history by mixing religion and war, and they said, ‘We’re going to separate church and state.’ And that means they cannot test for religion in the military.”

The U.S. Military definitely has a suicide problem. The Guardian reported that more U.S. soldiers were killed via suicide than in combat in 2012:

Across all branches of the US military and the reserves, a similar disturbing trend was recorded. In all, 349 service members took their own lives in 2012, while a lesser number, 295, died in combat.

Source:,, The Guardian


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