In 2012, the U.S. military hit a record for the number of suicides among troops on active duty — 319 — since the Pentagon began closely tracking the numbers in 2001. Preliminary Pentagon figures issued early this year indicated that figure dropped in 2013 to 261. But no one outside the Defense Department knows for sure.
That’s because as of July 17, DoD has not released any official suicide data for the fourth quarter of 2013. Neither has it published suicide data for the first two quarters of this year.