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Casualty rates

Over at Kickass Sociology Brian G. compares the rates of death and injury in Iraq and in WWII. In a nutshell, while WWII was, in absolute terms, far more dangerous to military personnel, the casualty gap narrows substantially when one considers the set of military personnel actually at risk for death or injury: Given current daily casualty rates and considering the size of the U.S. military then and now, WWII is 5.2 times as dangerous as Iraq (if military size is not considered, the absolute gap is approximately 58x).