Answer fast: What times were worse for US soldiers? The “peace time” of the 80s or the current blood bath in Iraq and Afghanistan?
Yes, you are probably wrong:
That tells you how much the military has evolved around security and how the press inflates the dimension of the current casualties.
The whole report is very interesting. You can see how some “trends” we hear about nowadays are just bogus: suicides are not up, they are down. Whites still count for the huge majority of military casualties. Number of wounded is down along with deaths.
But the major takeaway is just how huge WW2 was in regards to US casualties and wounded. About 1 million Americans lives affected.
That is how bad things can become when you ignore them.