According to official Army reports, Army suicides have taken a big leap over 2010 and 2011 reports. Army deaths from suicide are said now to be running more than 50% higher than those from combat.
I think (this is now Fred talking, not some credentialed person) this might have something to do with what psychologists call the “gradient goal effect” and parents of young children know better as “Christmas Eve fever.” That is, the closer you get to a desired event, as for soldiers returning Stateside and for children the time when they’re allowed to open presents, the more you want it now. The phenomenon is pretty well known. Unfortunately, a cure for it isn’t.
But the army is trying to nose out a solution.