The new number is the highest it's been since record keeping began in 1980. The figure calculates to roughly 20 deaths per 100,000 soldiers, and is higher than the civilian suicide rate.
Military officials blame the suicides on the unprecedented stress put on today's Army. Many soldiers have been repeatedly deployed overseas for dangerous tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. They're away from family and friends for months, even years at a time.
The Army has tried to combat the problem with increased training, prevention programs, increased psychiatric staff, and other efforts, but it's been unsuccessful. Officials announced new prevention initiatives at a news conference Thursday.
"We need to move quickly to do everything we can to reverse this disturbing ... number," Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli said.