Suicide prevention pins are displayed in recognition of suicide prevention and awareness month by the 81st Medical Operations Squadron mental health team. (U.S. Air Force photo / Kemberly Groue)
The Air Force is the only military branch that saw a decrease in both active-duty and Reserve suicides last year, according to data provided by the service.
A total of 58 active-duty suicides were reported in 2018, of which 16 deaths are suspected suicides pending confirmation, the service's data shows. By comparison, 63 active-duty airmen took their own lives in 2017; however, the five-year average for Air Force active-duty suicides is roughly 61 deaths per year, showing little has changed since 2014.
Chief Religious Programs Specialist Ana Douglas, attached to U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge , attends a candle light vigil in observance of Suicide Prevention month. (Navy photo / Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Patrick Semales)
A total of 68 active-duty sailors and 11 sailors in the Navy Reserve took their own lives in 2018,
data on NPC's website shows. That is the highest number of active-duty suicides in the data, which goes back to 2006, while the number of Reserve sailors who killed themselves remains stubbornly high.
Every Marine who takes his or her own life is more than a number, but the numbers tell a distressing story: the Marine Corps is losing the battle against suicide.
A total of 75 Marines killed themselves in 2018: 57 active-duty Marines and 18 Marines in the Selected Reserves, according to data the Marine Corps provided to Task & Purpose.
As CNN first reported, 2018 saw the highest number of active-duty Marine suicides since 2009.