According to the Army, not only were suicides among soldiers up last year, but there has been a sudden spike in suicides already this year. In January alone, 24 soldiers are believed to have committed suicide (six times as many as the same month a year ago). What is ironic about this is that there were 16 combat deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan in the same month. That means that more soldiers took their own life than were killed in combat.
The Army has no idea what is causing the spike. According to an Army official “This is terrifying. We do not know what is going on.”