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Table 1 Description of study sample

From: Multiple physical symptoms in a military population: a cross-sectional study

  Special forces Regulars Significance
n = 259 (%) n = 412 (%)
Age (years)    
  0–24 102 (39.4) 96 (23.3) χ2 = 24.8, df = 4, p < 0.001
  25–34 146 (56.4) 277 (67.2)
  >35 11 (4.2) 39 (9.5)
Marital status    
  Married/divorced 101 (39.6) 234 (57.2) χ2 = 19.8, df = 2, p < 0.001
  Never married 154 (60.4) 175 (42.8)
Educational status    
  Less than GCE O-level 137 (53.5) 104 (25.4) χ2 = 59.2, df = 3, p < 0.001
  GCE O-level 91 (35.5) 195 (47.7)
  GCE A-level or higher 28 (10.9) 110 (26.9)
Rank (current)    
  Commissioned officer 14 (5.4) 19 (4.6) χ2 = 38.4, df = 2, p < 0.001
  Non-commissioned officer 68 (26.3) 36 (8.7)
  Non-combat duties 177 (68.3) 357 (86.7)
Role within unit    
  Land combat 183 (70.7) 53 (13.0) χ2 = 257.0, df = 2, p < 0.001
  On board naval vessels 60 (23.2) 135 (33.0)
  Non-combat duties 16 (6.2) 221 (54.0)