Recent MOD figures show an increase in medical discharges


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According to a recent MOD report medical discharges are on the rise.  We’ve summarised the key points for you below:

– Medical discharges for mental health conditions account for a third of all discharges but this number has risen significantly in the last 5 years from 21% to 33% in the Army, and the RAF and Navy have seen their figures increase as well.

– The groups most likely to be medically discharged are from other ranks (i.e. not Officers), women, Royal Marines, and recruits who haven’t finished training.

– Musculoskeletal conditions are the number one cause for being discharged. Hardly surprising given the physical demands of service.

– 2 in 5 personnel are discharged as a result of multiple conditions.

– 1,578 personnel alone were discharged on medical grounds between April 19 to March 20.

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As well as facing the end of your military career you will need to adapt to civilian life, much earlier than expected.

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