Deaths in the UK regular Armed Forces

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This National Statistical notice provides summary statistics on deaths in 2010 among the UK regular Armed Forces, and trends over the ten-year period, 2001–2010. 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.

Key points

  • In 2010, a total of 187 deaths occurred among the UK regular Armed Forces, of which 30 were serving in the Naval Service, 136 in the Army and 21 in the RAF.
  • In 2010, the overall mortality rate was 97 per 100,000, whilst in the Naval Service the rate was 78, the Army 116 and the RAF 49 per 100,000 strength.
  • During the ten-year period 2001–2010, the overall Armed Forces age and gender-standardised mortality rates fluctuated between a low of 70 per 100,000 in 2001 to a high of 107 per 100,000 in 2009.
  • The Naval Service mortality

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