That's the conclusion of the Army study released yesterday by Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army's vice chief. Sample gut-wrenching quote: "There are instances where a leader's lack of soldier accountability resulted in suicide victims not being found until they had been dead for three or four weeks." The whole study is here. First-termers are especially at risk.
I admire the way Gen. Chiarelli has stuck with this issue. It can't be easy.
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.