What was the Number of Musculoskeletal Injuries in the British Armed Forces in 2017?

Between 01 January 2017 and 31 December 2017, personnel in the British Armed Forces suffered from a total of 74,073 musculoskeletal injuries (MKSI). Naval Service Army RAF All MSK 12,946 46,239 14,888 Upper Limb 3,731 11,643 4,093 Shoulder 1,860 6,365 2,152 Elbow 528 1,392 650 Forearm 51 164 75 Wrist/Hand 1,501 4,360 1,408 Other Upper… Read More


What are the UK’s Medical Deployability Standards?

The UK Armed Forces has three categories of medical deployability (also known as medical grading): Medically Fully Deployable (MFD): Personnel medically fit for duty with no employment limitations. Medically Limited Deployable (MLD): Personnel medically fit for duty with minor employment limitations. MLD personnel may have a medical condition or functional limitation that prevents the meeting… Read More

What is the Number of UK Regular Armed Forces Personnel Discharged Due To Epilepsy (2010-2017)?

The Statistics Between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2017, 134 UK Regular Armed Forces personnel were medically discharged with a principal condition of epilepsy. On 01 January 2018, 292 serving UK Regular Armed Forces personnel were identified with epilepsy. Between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2017 there were no serving/ex-serving Armed Forces personnel awarded… Read More

What was the Number Anti-Depressants Prescribed to Soldiers between 2015 & 2017?

The number of British Army personnel prescribed anti-depressants between 01 January 2015 and 08 January 2017 was: Male soldiers: 5,020. Female soldiers: 1,148. Total: 6,168. Notes: This information is derived from the Defence Medical Information Capability Programme (DMICP) which is a centralised data warehouse of coded information. The DMICP is a the source of electronic,… Read More

British Armed Forces & the Incidence of Hearing Loss

As at 01 October 2017, there were 137, 280 currently serving British armed forces personnel, of which: 2,450 (1.8%) had impaired hearing (H3), of which 337 also had a code for noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) recorded on their medical record. 373 (<1%) had poor hearing (H4), of which 33 also had a code for… Read More

Number of UK Military Personnel with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome

Did you know that (as of 01 October 2017) 231 serving UK regular armed forces personnel and 32 reservists had at least one Read code for autism or Asperger’s syndrome entered onto their electronic primary health care record (DMICP). Read Code: These are a set of clinical codes designed for primary care to record the… Read More