According to, a new policy to reduce the incidents of suicides amongst sailors in the Navy has been put into place. 

The idea is that if commanders suspect a high level of suicidal ideations or behavior, they now have the authority to request that sailor to give up any firearms for a temporary period of time, however, the sailor is free to decline. 

This policy comes as a result of a study of suicides in the military which focused on deaths between 2010-2012 – in 2012 and 2013, guns were used in half of all Navy suicides. 

“Reducing access to lethal means has been proven to save lives,” said Capt. Mike D. Smith, director, Navy Suicide Prevention Branch. “These voluntary measures are intended to help Sailors avoid taking such irreversible actions to end their lives, and provide the opportunity for intervention and care.”