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Number Of UK Veterans Set To Fall, New Figures Reveal

The veteran population is projected to decrease year on year to approximately 1.6 million veterans in 2028.

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The veteran population in the UK is projected to decrease year on year from 2.5 million in 2016 to approximately 1.6 million in 2028.

New figures released by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) reveal that nearly half (49%) of UK veterans in 2016 were aged 75 or over, with the estimated reduction in numbers overall attributed to deaths within this generation, which will be greater than the current number of serving personnel who will leave.

Alongside an overall reduction in numbers, the age and gender profile of veterans is also set to change.

The percentage of the veterans of working age (16-64) is projected to increase from 38% to 44%, and the percentage of veterans who are female is projected to increase from 10% to 13%.