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

Ex-serving males who separate voluntarily have a similar rate of suicide to Australian males

Ex-serving ADF females were 1.4 times more likely to hold a bachelor degree or higher than Australian females

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

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