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Table 1 Main Characteristics and Reproductive History of French Male Persian Gulf War Veterans (N = 5,638)

From: Reproductive health and pregnancy outcomes among French gulf war veterans

  Army (n = 2,694) Navy (n = 769) Air Force (n = 1,883) Other branch* (n = 292) Total (n = 5,638)
  n % n % n % n % n %
Main characteristics           
Rank           
   Officers 277 10.3 101 13.1 364 19.3 120 41.1 862 15.3
   Non-commissioned officers 962 35.7 435 56.6 1,431 76.0 122 41.8 2,950 52.3
   Servicemen 1,455 54.0 233 30.3 88 4.7 50 17.1 1,826 32.4
Age (at the beginning of the study)           
   < 40 years 1,699 63.1 401 52.1 528 28.0 68 23.3 2,696 47.8
   >= 40 years 995 36.9 368 47.9 1,355 72.0 224 76.7 2,942 52.2
Military status           
   Active 1,980 73.5 668 86.9 1,202 63.8 190 65.1 4,040 71.7
   Retired 714 26.5 101 13.1 681 36.2 102 34.9 1,598 28.3
Reproductive history after the PGW mission
Fathers having at least one child (live birth) 1,706 63.3 436 56.7 853 45.3 126 43.2 3,121 55.4
   at least one conceived before and after GW 406 15.1 132 17.2 354 18.8 63 21.6 955 16.9
Number of live births per father (after the mission)
   0 988 36.7 333 43.3 1,030 54.7 166 56.8 2,517 44.6
   1 719 26.7 190 24.7 382 20.3 61 20.9 1,352 24.0
   2 710 26.4 175 22.8 344 18.3 40 13.7 1,269 22.5
   >= 3 227 8.4 55 7.2 91 4.8 20 6.8 393 7.0
Any miscarriage or stillbirth 395 14.7 96 12.5 170 9.0 21 7.2 682 12.1
   at least one before and after GW 16 0.6 5 0.7 9 0.5 3 1.0 33 0.6
Infertility reported 35 1.3 5 0.7 6 0.3 2 0.7 48 0.9
Father with child born with birth defects 69 2.6 15 2.0 45 2.4 6 2.1 135 2.4
   at least one before and after GW 0 0.0 2 0.3 2 0.1 0 0.0 4 0.1
  1. * Other branch of service: state public force, medical military service