Former soldier shoots himself in the head after being kicked out of Army, blames his non-combat MOS

By Andy Wolf

A man who left the US Army in disgrace is speaking out after a failed attempt at taking his own life.

Joshua Duncan, who hails from Phoenix, Arizona, had two years of service when he was sent packing.

The reasons for his discharge involved being late and not being in uniform.

Duncan, who had to move back in with his parents, was so depressed that he began drinking heavily.

One day, Duncan was putting the family shotgun away— and had an impulsive moment.

“I was carrying it back to my bedroom, and I went to put it under my bed, which is where it goes,” he said. “It was a split decision. I thought all of this could be over, I have a shotgun in my hands. I won’t be a burden to my family, they’ll feel bad for a little bit then they’ll get over it. I won’t have to deal with all these issues mentally and physically.”

Duncan said he felt relief in the moment that he prepared to fire.

After placing the shotgun in his mouth, however, Duncan claimed he felt instant regret.

“I have a big hole in my face,” Because the injury was around my mouth and my throat, I started to suffocate. I was breathing in puddles of blood. I start drowning.

While he was left permanently disfigured, Duncan survived his injuries and has since come forward to talk about how suicide isn’t the answer.

In retrospect, Duncan, who specialized in communications, claims he likely would have taken the military more seriously had he been in a combat MOS.

“If my training was based around keeping my team alive, I’d have taken it a bit more seriously,” he lamented. “[Being kicked out] was one of the most devastating things I’ve been through.”

“It definitely played a giant part,” he added. “I got out of the army and felt so lost, not knowing what to do with my life.”

According to The Sun, Duncan now has a girlfriend and is living out his life as best he can.

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  • Andy Wolf

    Andy Wolf is an Appalachian native who spent much of his youth and young adulthood overseas in search of combat, riches, and adventure- accruing decades of experience in military, corporate, first responder, journalistic and advisory roles. He resides in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains with his K9 companion, Kiki.

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