Fort Rucker agency says accidental death rates declining.

The U.S.Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center at Fort Rucker says accidental death ratesof almost all types have stayed the same or fallen since this time last year.

Theoverall accidental death rate in the Army is down 20 percent from the same timein 2012.

Thatincludes a 19 percent decline in private motor vehicle deaths. On-duty Armycombat vehicle deaths declined 75 percent, and aviation deaths are comparableto the year before.

Brig.Gen. Timothy J. Edens says the Army is changing as more soldiers return homefrom overseas. He says staying safe requires a commitment from both soldiersand leaders alike.

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