This represents the increase in "the cumulative amount of time that a soldier has spent deployed," from December 2008 to December 2011, according to a new report by the RAND Corporation, Measuring Army Deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. The report is rich with statistics.
The number of "potential" suicides among active duty soldiers in January 2013, according to data just released by the Army. The Department of Defense (DoD) news release said two of those suicides had been confirmed and the other 17 were still under investigation.
The amount requested by the Department of Defense (DoD) "to fund the pay and benefits of current and retired members of the military" for FY 2013, according to a report last fall from the Congressional Budget Office, Costs of Military Pay and Benefits in the Defense Budget. Of this amount -- roughly one-fourth of the entire military budget -- more than $90 million covers "basic pay, food and housing allowances, bonuses, and various types of special pay."