The latest National Statistic on deaths among the UK regular Armed Forces, produced by Defence Statistics (formerly DASA), Ministry of Defence, was released on 28 March 2013 according to arrangements approved by the UK Statistical Authority.
This National Statistical notice provides summary statistics on deaths in 2012 among the UK regular Armed Forces, and trends over the ten year period, 2003-2012. This notice also presents information on comparisons to the UK general population. Previously published data on the number of incidents and cause of death have been updated from the latest information received from coroners.
- In 2012, a total of 129 deaths occurred among the UK regular Armed Forces, of which 19 were serving in the Naval Service, 95 in the Army, and 15 in the RAF.
- In 2012 the overall mortality rate was 71 per 100,000, whilst in the Naval Service the rate was 53, the Army 89 and the RAF 43 per 100,000 strength.
- During the ten year period 2003-2012, the overall Armed Forces age and gender standardised mortality rates fluctuated with a high of 107 per 100,000 in 2009 and a low of 70 per 100,000 in 2011.
- The Naval Service mortality rate increased from 52 per 100,000 in 2011 to 53 per 100,000 in 2012.
- The Army mortality rate decreased from 90 per 100,000 in 2011 to 89 per 100,000 in 2012.
- The RAF mortality rate increased from 32 per 100,000 in 2011 to 43 per 100,000 in 2012. The total number of deaths in the RAF remained the same for 2012 as in 2011 (15 deaths) but a reduction in the number of RAF personnel on strength, particularly in the under 20 age group has led to an increase in mortality rate.
- Overall, in 2012 the UK regular Armed Forces were at a significantly lower risk of dying compared to the UK general population (SMR = 71, 95% CI: 60 � 85).
- In 2012, the Naval Service and RAF were at a significantly lower risk of dying compared to the UK population, whilst, for the Army, there was no statistically significant difference.
- In 2012, for the regular UK Armed Forces:
- Hostile action was the single largest cause of death: 40 deaths (31%);
- Cancer was the second largest cause of death: 27 deaths (21%);
- Other accidents accounted for 26 deaths (20%);
- Land transport accidents (LTA) accounted for 15 deaths (12%);
- and suicides and open verdicts accounted for 7 deaths (5%).
- In 2012 the UK Armed Forces were at a 65% significantly decreased risk of dying as a result of a disease related condition compared to the UK general population but were not at a statistically significant different risk of dying as a result of external causes of injury and poisoning compared to the UK general population.
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Release date : 27 March 2014