Veterans—permanent, reserve and ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF)—and their families are an important population group for health and welfare monitoring. The unique nature of ADF service promotes protective factors that can lead to improved health outcomes but also exposes members to risk factors that may lead to poor health during and after their military service.

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The majority (78%) of male veterans rate their health as good or better

Around 1 in 5 males, regardless of whether they have served or not, have a mental or behavioural condition

Male veterans share similar exposure to several health risk factors compared with males who have never served

Permanent and reserve males are about half as likely to die by suicide as Australian males

Ex-serving males who separate for involuntary medical have higher rates of suicide than males who separate voluntarily

Ex-serving males are around 24% more likely to die by suicide than Australian males