Table 1

Cohort description, Trends in Scottish Veterans Health, veterans and non-veterans

Veterans,
n=78 157
Non-veterans,
n=252 637
P value
n (%)n (%)
Sex
 Men70 581 (90.3)223 654 (88.5)<0.001
 Women7573 (9.7)28 983 (11.5)
Vital status
 Alive72 298 (92.5)232 963 (92.2)0.008
 Dead5859 (7.5)19 674 (7.8)
Birth year
 1945–19498510 (10.9)25 982 (10.3)<0.001
 1950–195410 673 (13.7)30 392 (12.0)
 1955–195912 400 (15.9)35 141 (13.9)
 1960–196411 539 (14.8)35 803 (14.2)
 1965–196910 645 (13.6)34 361 (13.6)
 1970–19749017 (11.5)31 877 (12.6)
 1975–19794839 (6.2)18 797 (7.4)
 1980–19845786 (7.4)21 888 (8.7)
 1985–19892997 (3.8)11 096 (4.4)
 1990–19951751 (2.2)7300 (2.9)
SES (SIMD)
 1 (most deprived)15 786 (20.2)50 729 (20.1)<0.001
 216 783 (21.5)52 281 (20.7)
 316 766 (21.5)53 410 (21.1)
 416 335 (20.9)52 421 (20.7)
 5 (least deprived)12 309 (15.7)42 564 (16.8)
 Not recorded178 (0.2)1232 (0.5)
Region
 Central Belt (south)34 342 (43.9)111 065 (44.0)<0.001
 Central Belt (north)20 914 (26.8)75 023 (29.7)
 Highlands, Islands and rural22 693 (29.0)66 432 (26.3)
Length of service
 Basic training (<20 weeks)6113 (7.82)N/A
 Early service leaver (<3 years)21 115 (27.02)N/A
 4–6 years15 171 (19.41)N/A
 7–9 years9905 (12.67)N/A
 10–12 years7218 (9.24)N/A
 13–16 years5571 (7.13)N/A
 17–22 years6102 (7.81)N/A
 Over 23 years6962 (8.91)N/A
  • Length of service: intervals reflect common lengths of UK military engagement.

  • Early service leaver: left prior to completion of minimum military engagement.

  • Central Belt (south): Ayrshire and Arran, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Lothian.

  • Central Belt (north): Argyll and Clyde, Fife, Tayside, Forth Valley

  • Highland, Islands and Rural: Grampian, Highland, Western Isles, Orkney, Shetland, Borders, Dumfries & Galloway.

  • p value, chi-squared; SES, socioeconomic status; SIMD, Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.