Preliminary information released by the Army in December showed that as of November there have been 177 suspected active-duty suicides: 113 have been confirmed as suicides, while 64 remained under investigation. Among not-on-active-duty service members (Army National Guard and Army Reserve) there have been 126 suspected suicides: 97 have been confirmed as suicides and 29 were under investigation.
In contrast, the Department of Defense said 295 Americans were killed in Afghanistan in 2012, out of a total 394 ISAF forces killed while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
This is a troublesome statistic despite the Army’s efforts to increase outreach and programs aimed at recognizing troubled service members.
The Associated Press reported that while suicide has been linked to combat stress, many of the victims are soldiers who have never deployed. Other pressures – health, marital or financial problems – are suspected causes.