Table 4

Adjusted Mental and Physical Component Summary Score* Means Stratified by Active Duty and Reserve/National Guard Military Women

Active Duty (n = 10,469)

Reserve/National Guard (n = 9,637)


Characteristic

MCS

PCS

MCS

PCS


Age, years

17–24

50.0a

53.5a

51.8a

55.0a

25–34

50.9b

53.2a

52.6a

54.3b

35–44

51.1a, b

51.7b

53.7b

53.2c

≥ 44

51.7a, b

49.9c

54.7c

52.1d

Education

No high school diploma

48.2a

51.3a, b

52.8a

53.1a

High school diploma diploma/equivalent

51.2b

51.6b

52.9a

53.3a

Some college

52.2c

52.5a

53.6a

53.8b

College degree

52.1b, c

53.0a

53.5a

54.4b

Marital status

Never married

51.1a

52.5a

53.9a

53.8a

Married

51.6a

51.9b

53.3b

53.6a

Divorced

50.1b

51.8a, b

52.5c

53.6a

Race/ethnicity

White non-Hispanic

50.4a

51.9a

52.6a

53.9a

Black non-Hispanic

52.2b

51.6a

54.1b

53.5a, b

Asian/Pacific Islander

51.2a, b

52.9b

53.6a, b

54.6a

Hispanic

50.2a

52.3a, b

53.5a, b

53.9a, b

Other

50.6a, b

51.7a, b

52.3a

52.4b

1998–2000 deployment to Bosnia, Kosovo, or Southwest Asia

No

50.6a

52.0a

53.4a

53.9a

Yes

51.3b

52.2a

53.0a

53.4a

Length of service, years

0–3

50.0a

51.9a

53.3a

53.8a

4–8

50.7a, b

52.3a, b

52.8a

53.9a

9–15

51.4b

52.8b

53.4a

53.5a

≥ 16

51.7b

51.3a

53.3a

53.4a

Military rank

Enlisted

49.5a

51.2a

51.8a

53.2a

Warrant officer

51.9a, b

51.8a, b

54.2a, b

53.1a, b

Commissioned officer

51.4b

53.3b

53.6b

54.6b

Branch of service

Army

50.9a

50.6a

52.1a

52.7a

Air Force

52.0b

53.0b

53.6b

54.4b

Navy and Coast Guard

50.2a

52.5b

52.9b

54.0b

Marines

50.6a, b

52.1b

54.2a, b

53.5a, b

Occupational category

Combat specialists

51.1a

52.0a

53.2a

53.5a

Other occupations

50.8a

52.2a

53.2a

53.8a


* Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short Form Health Survey for Veterans. 1998 general US population means used to calculate mental and physical component summary scores (MCS, PCS).

Only women with MCS and PCS scores and complete demographic data are reported in this table.

a, b, c Letters that are different indicate statistically significant differences (p < 0.05) of adjusted and weighted means. Same letters indicate no statistically significant differences in means. Tukey's method was used to adjust for multiple comparisons.

Smith et al. BMC Public Health 2007 7:340   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-7-340

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