Whatever the reasons, the Army has mounted significant suicide-prevention campaigns to help soldiers spot the warning signs of suicidal behavior among their ranks. The latest campaign is called "Shoulder to Shoulder: I Will Never Quit on Life" and includes a 15-minute training video that features candid interviews with soldiers who have attempted suicide.
The Army has also collaborated with the National Institute of Mental Health for a first of its kind five- year, $50-million research program better to understand why some soldiers are choosing suicide. Chiarelli said today that preliminary results from the study had provided some useful information.
When the training video was released this summer, Chiarelli said in an ABC News interview that any progress in reducing Army suicides can be uneven.
"It is extremely frustrating because even when you see the numbers go down in a month it - really doesn't offer you anything," said Chiarelli. "I mean, there's still a needless loss of life that takes place."