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What is deadlier?

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What is deadlier; A.the death rate of those US Military killed in combat since 1960? or B. the death rate of those murdered driving a US taxi since 1960? or C. the death rate of those murdered doing US police work?

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Here are some statistics to work with. The report below show death rates by the various parts of the military branches. Breakdown is done by each branch and then total. Table 7 shows the breakdown:


As for taxi drivers, OSHA reports that taxi drivers have the highest rate of all civilian jobs:


Hope these two reports are helpful in your research. Please rate my answer so that I can get an understanding if my answer was helpful in your research.

Librarian Michael :

Not Table 7, sorry. Table 1 has the breakdown:


Table 1. Principal Wars in Which the United States Participated: U.S. Military
Personnel Serving and Casualties

Librarian Michael : Sorry the info was not helpful. I did some additional research and did not come up with exact numbers you were looking for. I will go ahead and leave your question to another expert to see if they can help.
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My name is Mike,

Can you explain what you are specifically looking for in regards XXXXX XXXXX "deadly".

Considering the number of definitions that has it could mean deaths per number of incidents, interactions but it can also mean an absolute number of deaths over a given time.

In place of giving a blind recommendation could you help me help you by explaining specifically what you are looking for in regards XXXXX XXXXX?

Thank you!
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

It is my suspicion that US cab driving may be deadlier than US combat duty.

And just to be clear for you, you mean you want to see deaths per number of drivers vs combatants?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.



You are absolutely correct when using current statistics.

The casualty rate in the military has consistently dropped in the US from the Revolutionary war to where we are today. For the latest statistics we have - 2008, there were 1,441 deaths out of 1,683,144 active duty. Of those deaths, however, only 352 were from hostile action, and 43 by homicide - a total of 395 out of 1,683,144, or .023%. The rest were from illness or accident.

By contrast 154,000 active Full Time (I'm including only full time drivers, to match the criteria in the military statistics, but this ALSO includes limo drivers). taxicab and limousine drivers were counted in the 2000 Census and during the same year, an astonishing 49 murders were reported (it is suspected that 49 is lower than the actual number). So the murder rate for full time taxi drivers in the US is .032%.

So for individuals who willingly entered into combat, the death rate is 0.023%, while the murder rate for an individual who signed up to transport people from one place to another so they could support their families is 0.032%,

I have to admit that this isn't what I expected to find when I took your question. It's pretty shocking.

Let me know if you have any other questions.


There is a very good site with information related to Taxi Driver Safety that you may know about, but just in case:
Taxi-cab Driver Homicide Prevention

Here is the data I used for the taxi driver murders:

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