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Between April 25, 2014 and September 30, 2014, 19,082 Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers filled out the registry survey.
Most (96%) said they were near a burn pit (close enough to see the smoke) at some point while deployed. Sixty-two percent worked directly with burn pits as a part of their duties. Registry participants who worked on burn pits were younger, mostly male (almost 92%), more likely to be in the Army (73%), mostly enlisted (91%), and deployed more often and for a longer length of time. Many registry participants were exposed to other hazards on the job or in the environment, like weapons, blasts, pesticides, and dust storms.