Results from AFCAS 2018

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This statistical release provides results from the Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey (AFCAS) 2018, along with results from previous years.

Statistics from AFCAS are used by both internal Ministry of Defence (MOD) teams and external bodies to inform the development of policy and measure the impact of decisions affecting personnel, including major programmes such as the Armed Forces Covenant.

About these statistics

The 2018 Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey (AFCAS) was distributed to a sample of 27,333 trained UK Regular Armed Forces personnel between September 2017 and February 2018 using both online and paper questionnaires. Participants were chosen using stratified simple random sampling, designed to ensure sufficient responses from each Service and from each rank group within each Service, whilst minimising  respondent burden.

Response Rates: 

Overall 11,069 responses were received, representing a response rate of 40%.

Reference tables and questionnaires for AFCAS 2018 are published as separate documents and can be found on the AFCAS webpage –


It is important for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the single services to understand the opinions and attitudes of service personnel. The annual armed forces continuous attitude survey (AFCAS) is one of the main ways to gather information on the views and experiences of our personnel. The information from this survey helps shape policies for training, support, and the terms and conditions of service.

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