A new report released by the Pentagon on Friday indicates the suicide rate among active-duty military remains high, and is nearly double what it was in the years leading up to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.
The Defense Department reported there were 265 active-military member deaths in 2015. Although that figure is down from 2012's peak at 321, it is still nearly double the 2001 figure of 145 deaths.
The Army cited the greatest proportion of suicides of all military branches, 120 in total.
A military spokesperson said the agency will continue to make suicide prevention a top priority. The Army suicide rate — 30 per 100,000 soldiers — is more than double the national rate of 12.5 per 100,000 people, according to 2012 figures.
"Reducing suicide risk entails creating a climate that encourages servicemembers to seek help, reducing access to lethal means and broadening communication and awareness to Service members and their families," Pentagon spokeswoman Marine Lt. Col. Hermes Gabrielle, said in a statement.
The Army commissioned a $5 million, long-term study to combat suicide and determine patterns among members who commit suicide in order to combat future deaths.