Physical inactivity among those who served/not in U.S. military 2015-2016

This statistic shows the percentage of those who have served/not served in the U.S. military who were physically inactive, in 2015-2015. It was found that while 25 percent of those who had not served in the U.S. military reported being physically inactive, only 20 percent who had served reported so.

Percentage of Americans who were physically inactive in 2015-2016, by military service

Share of respondents
Did not serve25%
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Release date

October 2018


United States

Survey time period

2015 and 2016

Number of respondents

around 400,000

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

Data do not distinguish between those currently serving and those who have been discharged, the nature of discharges, involvement in active combat, or the era in which one served.
Percentage of adults who self-report doing no physical activity or exercise other than their regular job in the last 30 days.

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