Leaving the Services Report (2007)

“The Ministry of Defence (the Department) needs to recruit around 20,000 men and women each year to the Armed Forces. The Department draws its workforce from a broad section of society including from areas of high unemployment and people with few qualifications. Recruits are required to adapt to military life and ethos and, where it… Read More

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What is RAJA?

Raja, previously known as the REME Association Job Agency and now just ‘raja’, was established by The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) in 1993 to support those leaving the Corps in their search for new career opportunities and to assist industry in attracting the talent, commitment and experience of a REME service leaver. Raja… Read More

Funding the Armed Forces Pension Scheme (AFPS)

What is the AFPS? All members of the armed forces are automatically enrolled into the Armed Forces Pension Scheme (AFPS) and, unlike almost all other schemes, members pay 0% in contributions each month. The scheme is also protected by legislation and distributed from the public purse. Three APFS Schemes There are three revisions of the… Read More

What is the Shipmates & Oppos Programme?

What is the Shipmates & Oppos Programme? The Shipmates & Oppos Programme is the Royal Navy’s support programme for personnel leaving the Royal Navy (RN), Royal Marines (RM) & Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA). What is the Role of the Shipmates & Oppos Programme? Its role is to: Act as a signposting service. It is managed… Read More

British Army Position Paper on the Mental Health of Armed Forces’ Veterans (2014)

You can read the British Army’s position and evidence on veterans’ mental health below: The Mental Health of Armed Forces’ Veterans, GOC Support Command (2014-01-08). General Position The majority of personnel do make a successful transition to civilian life, although a small percentage struggle. The general position is as follows: Veterans are generally robust people… Read More

Do Army Reserve Personnel Receive a ‘Service Leavers Pack’?

Although Regular Army personnel receive a formal ‘Service Leavers Pack’ on release from the British Army, there is no equivalent for the Army Reserves and there are no plans to introduce one. However, the releasing Unit should provide the Reservist with a Certificate of Service and, if held, the Will form. With regards the administrative support for… Read More

Describing the Experience of Former UK Military Personnel Re-Entering the Civilian World

Research Paper Title The Experience of Former UK Military Personnel Re-Entering the Civilian World. Abstract This thesis focuses on the experiences of former UK military personnel from all three armed services re-entering the civilian workplace. There is a distinct lack of research in this area with only limited studies carried out which tend to focus… Read More