Mnemonic: hh_hrp_veteran
Applicability: Household
Type: Derived variable


Identifies whether the Household Reference Person (HRP) in a household has previously served in the UK armed forces. This includes those who have served for at least one day in armed Forces, either regular, reserves or Merchant Mariners who have seen duty on legally defined military operations. Households are classified by if they were in the regular or reserved UK armed forces, both or neither.


Total number of categories: 5

Code Name
1 Household reference person previously served in regular UK armed forces
2 Household reference person previously served in reserve UK armed forces
3 Household reference person previously served in both regular and reserve UK armed forces
4 Household reference person has not previously served in regular or reserve UK armed forces
-8 Does not apply

Quality information

Many who have previously served in the UK armed forces will be older males because of National Service. We applied extra quality assurance to correct some answers from currently serving personnel.


Read about how we developed and tested the questions for Census 2021.

Comparability with the 2011 Census

Not comparable

This variable is new for Census 2021 and there is no comparability with the 2011 Census.

What does not comparable mean?

A variable that is not comparable means that it cannot be compared with a variable from the 2011 Census.

England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland comparisons

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