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Strategy for our Veterans. UK Government Consultation Response

In 2018, the first UK-wide Strategy for our Veterans, published jointly by the UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments, outlined our commitment to supporting veterans across society. This report draws on public responses to the Strategy to show how we plan…

RAF Dispersed Families: summary briefing paper

The research involved interviews and online surveys for those RAF personnel and their spouses/partners who were living more than 10 miles from their parent unit. Welfare staff on RAF stations were also invited to complete an online survey in order…

The RAF Family – experiences from around the world. Survey Highlights Report.

Our online survey identified that RAF Personnel and their families are posted across a wide range of locations worldwide, in a variety of work and cultural contexts. The survey examined motivations for volunteering for overseas Service, experiences of preparing and…

Loneliness among veterans in the Netherlands

We invited 6000 veterans who have left the Armed Forces to fill out a questionnaire. Hierarchical regression analysis was used to assess the association between loneliness and deployment-related factors in addition to demographic information, social support and needs of care.…

UK armed forces biannual diversity statistics: 2019

This statistical release presents information relating to the gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion and age of Military Personnel employed by the Ministry of Defence (MOD). This publication meets the Department's obligations under the Public Sector Equality Duty to provide information on…

Military Advocacy Service: Interim Evaluation Report

This service evaluation aims to gather findings and evidence around the effectiveness of mAs. This evaluation will clearly demonstrate, where evidence is uncovered, the impact of advocacy, as well as making a significant contribution to the general understanding of advocacy…

Risk and protective factors for offending among UK Armed Forces personnel after they leave service: a data linkage study

Background A proportion of ex-military personnel who develop mental health and social problems end up in the Criminal Justice System. A government review called for better understanding of pathways to offending among ex-military personnel to improve services and reduce reoffending.…

Perceived stigma and barriers to care in UK Armed Forces personnel and veterans with and without probable mental disorders

Background Previous studies have found that perceptions of mental health related stigma can negatively impact help-seeking, particularly in military samples. Moreover, perceptions of stigma and barriers to care can vary between individuals with different psychiatric disorders. The aim of this…

Soldiering on: a survey on the lived experience of tinnitus in aged military veterans in the UK

Tinnitus has long been interrogated as a medical conundrum, with little discourse between medicine and other disciplines. It involves the perception of sound in the ears or head without any external sound source, most likely a natural consequence of some…