The table below shows the recorded numbers of UK Armed Forces personnel who suffered a major injury in each Financial Year (FY) from 2011-12 to 2020-21 and who subsequently left their service without medical discharge.
- Defence Statistics Health have interpreted ‘major’ injuries as those having a NOTICAS (notification of casualty) listing of Very Seriously Injured (VSI) or Seriously Injured (SI), a limb amputation or a Health and Safety incident with a ‘major’ or ‘specified’ severity.
- It is possible to recover from a ‘major’ injury and be retained in service in the same or an alternative role. A subsequent exit may be unrelated to an earlier injury.
- Ministry of Defence Health and Safety datasets for ‘major’ or ‘specified’ injury severity spans a wide range of injuries including fractures (other than to fingers, thumbs and toes), and any loss of consciousness caused by head injury or asphyxia.
- Due to the potential delay between personnel sustaining a major injury and exiting service, there may be personnel who were injured in recent years who have not yet left service.
- Amputations data for Financial Year 2020-21 is not yet available and is therefore excluded.