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

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

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

The average length of service for ex-serving members was 10 years