War is cruel and bloody. It’s not like Hollywood movies with the best actors, various military fictions, and contactless battles. It is a great loss—years of protracted fighting and a lack of home. Any army will inevitably suffer losses, varying in degree of seriousness. This fate cannot be avoided even by such a high-tech army as that of the US.
According to the Congressional Research Service report, military losses from 2006 to 2018 amounted to 15,861 people. It’s a matter of opinion if this is a lot. On the one hand, it’s more than the number of the expeditionary brigade of the Marine Corps (about 14,500). But on the other hand, it is not so much, taking into account that over the past two decades the US has constantly waged wars throughout the world, primarily in the Middle East (for comparison, during the fighting in Afghanistan in 1979-1989, 13,833 people were killed or died of wounds and diseases).https://usareally.com/2977-the-warring-army-of-the-potentially-suicidal