Table 3

Associations between level of unit cohesion and perceptions of work carried out during deployment and relationship with family while deployed, among Australian Defence Force personnel deployed to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) between 2001 and 2009 (N=11 411): percentages, unadjusted and adjusted ORs (aORs)

 Unit cohesion, row %*Low vs medium/high unit cohesion
N†Low (5–17)Medium (18–22)High (23–25)OR (95% CI)aOR (95% CI)‡
Work in theatre matched trade experience and ability
 Yes10 18422.949.627.51 (ref)1 (ref)
 No, work above ability66542.940.216.92.53 (2.21 to 2.88)1.95 (1.67 to 2.27)
 No, work beneath ability47049.738.911.43.32 (2.84 to 3.89)2.77 (2.33 to 3.29)
Colleagues did what was expected of them on one very difficult experience
 Yes10 46922.550.027.51 (ref)1 (ref)
 No90057.433.09.64.65 (4.16 to 5.21)4.09 (3.61 to 4.64)
Had any major problems at home during deployment
 No563723.150.126.81 (ref)1 (ref)
 Yes331631.746.322.01.54 (1.42 to 1.68)1.50 (1.38 to 1.63)
  • *Percentages weighted for non-response; percentages may not sum to 100 due to rounding.

  • †Unweighted totals; totals may not add up due to missing responses.

  • ‡Only variables statistically significantly associated with low unit cohesion at the 5% level in the unadjusted analysis were included in the model. Adjusted regression model includes work in theatre matched ability, colleagues did what was expected of them on one very difficult experience, and having major problems at home variables, and is adjusted for demographic and military service characteristics at survey completion (gender, age group, service, service status, rank, number of deployments to the MEAO) as well as deployment experiences in the most recent MEAO deployment (deployed with parent unit and main role in theatre).