Overview

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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Ex-serving males are on average 27% more likely to die by suicide than Australian males

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

Over three quarters of ex-serving ADF members were employed in 2016 (78% males and 76% females)

Ex-serving ADF members owned (including those paying mortgages) their homes at similar levels to Australian population

More than 4 in 5 (84%) ex-serving members were male and 16% were female

Half (50%) of ex-serving members separated from the ADF 20 or more years ago