Below is a variety of military career transition and retirement resources by country.

United Kingdom (UK)
Organisation Outline Website
Career Transition Partnership (CTP)
  • Established in 1997, CTP is a partnering agreement between the MoD & Right Management Ltd, who are global career development & outplacement specialists & part of the ManpowerGroup.
  • The CTP provides resettlement services for those leaving the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Marines.
  • Regardless of time served, all members of the Armed Forces can benefit from CTP support when leaving Service.
  • CTP also operate as an intermediary service for employers wishing to hire Service leavers.

Regular Forces Employment Association (RFEA)
  • Established on 04 February 1885, RFEA emphasises the need to prepare Armed Forces personnel for civil employment while they were in service.
  • It operates a number of programmes for Wounded Injured and Sick and Early Service Leavers.
Walking with the Wounded
  • Established in 2010.
  • Supports a pathway for vulnerable veterans to re-integrate back into society and sustain their independence. At the heart of this journey is employment.
Help for Heroes
  • Established in 2007.
  • Supports those with injuries and illnesses sustained while serving in the British Armed Forces.
The RAF Benevolent Fund (RAFBF)
  • Established in 1919.
  • It is the RAF’s leading welfare charity with a proud tradition of looking after its own.
  • The RAFBF caters all serving and former members of the RAF as well as their partners and dependent children.
The Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO)
  • Provides a single point of contact for interaction with Government, including local government and the Devolved Administrations; with the Royal Household; with the Private Sector; and, of course, with other members of the Armed Forces Community.
Veterans’ Gateway
  • Puts veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need – from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more.
Veterans’ Assist Scotland
  • Established in 2011.
  • The website has been set up to put in one place most of the resources you might need, whether it is finding the right school or college for you or your kids; options for somewhere to live; getting access to a War Disablement pension; or finding a route into employment.
Known as either Veterans’ Assist Scotland or Veterans’ Scotland

Recovery Careers Service (RCS)
  • The Recovery Career Services is focused on delivering an individualised and inspirational careers service that empowers Wounded, Injured and Sick Service Personnel.
British Army Recovery Capability (ARC)
  • The mission of ARC is to support wounded, injured and sick soldiers in their recovery, either to enable them to return to duty or to make a smooth transition into civilian life.
Universities in Support of Wounded, Injured and Sick (UNSWIS)
  • Established in 2012, UNSWIS is growing network of Universities across the UK providing short unpaid work placements, taster visits, open days and education and training advice for wounded, injured and sick (WIS) personnel assisting them in their transition to civilian employment.
  • Veterans, spouses, partners and close family members may also need support in gaining employment in order to address changed family circumstances.
The Poppy Factory
  • Established in 1922.
  • The Poppy Factory is the country’s leading employment charity for veterans with health conditions or impairments.
  • Comprises of seven well established charities, which provide a wide range of employment related services and support for the Forces community (including spouses/partners and dependents) to find and stay in work.
The Royal British Legion
  • The British Legion was formed on 15 May 1921, bringing together four national organisations of ex-Servicemen that had established themselves after the First World War.
  • Provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community – serving men and women, veterans, and their families.
  • The Royal British Legion’s employability programme for the Service community in civilian life.
  • Available for both Regulars and Reserves.
Officers’ Association
  • Established in 1920: the Association received a Royal Charter in 1921.
  • Has very close ties with The Royal British Legion.
  • Supports officers and their dependents.
ABF: The Soldiers’ Charity
  • Established in 1944, the ABF is the national charity of the British Army.
  • Has a vision to ensure “That all soldiers, veterans and their immediate families should have the opportunity to avoid hardship and enjoy independence and dignity.”
Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT)
  • Established in January 2012 by a £35 million Big Lottery Fund 20-year endowment.
  • FiMT awards grants and commissions research, coordinates the efforts of others, and supports projects that deliver long-term solutions to the challenges faced by the Armed Forces Community.
RAF Association (RAFA)
  • Established in the 1930s.
  • Offers welfare and personal support to current and former personnel and their dependents.
  • Is a national education charity.
  • Provides a range of innovative award programmes delivered by predominately ex-Services personnel to children and young people aged 5-19.
Forces Pension Society
  • A not-for-profit organisation fighting and campaigning for Service pensions rights for the armed forces and their families.
Naval Families Federation (NFF)
  • The NFF was set up at the request of the Government in order to allow the families of the Naval Service to have their voices heard.
Gurkha Brigade Association
  • Provides support to Gurkhas and their families.
Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s Families Association (SSAFA)
  • Established in 1885.
  • The charity exists to relieve need, suffering and distress amongst the Armed Forces, veterans and their families in order to support their independence and dignity.
Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity
  • Single focus charity for the Naval Service.
  • Provides major grants to serving units and to naval charities.
  • Key outputs are: serving – dependants; amenities; sport and prizes; and through-life care–benevolence.
Haig Housing Trust
  • Is the leading housing provider for ex-Service people and the strategic housing partner of Help for Heroes.
  • The main object of the Trust is to provide housing assistance to the Service and ex-Service community.
Defence Medical Welfare Service
  • Delivers an independent and impartial 24 hour specialist welfare service to those members of the British Armed Forces who are receiving hospital care, their dependant relatives and entitled civilians in order to contribute to the coherence of the recovery and rehabilitation pathway for service personnel.
  • The crucial practical and emotional support is provided at times when it is most needed and is bound by a code of confidentiality.
  • DMWS brings the Covenant between the Armed Forces and the Nation to life through its support of the wounded, injured and sick whilst under hospital care.
Blesma (The Limbless Veterans)
  • A national charity formed in the years following the First World War which supports all limbless ex service men and women, their widows and dependants.
United States of America (USA)
Organisation Outline Website
Veterans’ Support Foundation (VSF)
  • Established in 1991, Veterans Support Foundation was founded by and for veterans.
  • They serve the unaddressed needs of today’s veterans and their families.
The Recovery Village
  • Provides a range of services including substance misuse, PTSD, depression and anxiety.


National Veterans’ Foundation (NVF)
  • To serve the crisis management, information and referral needs of all US Veterans and their families through: management and operation of the nation’s only toll-free helpline for all veterans and their families.
  • Public awareness programmes that shine a consistent spotlight on the needs of America’s veterans.
  • Outreach services that provide veterans and families in need with food, clothing, transportation, employment, and other essential resources.
Wounded Warrior Project
  • Serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after 11 September 2001 and their families.
Operation Homefront
  • Provides financial, food assistance, repairs and help to the families of service members and wounded warriors.
Charity Navigator
  • Provides a list of organisations that provide assistance to service members and veterans, including:
  • Wounded Troops Services charities address the unique difficulties those injured in combat face.
  • Military Social Services charities provide programs addressing the needs of both active service members and veterans.
  • Military Family Support charities assist military personnel and their families through financial support, scholarships, housing, and more.
Military Veteran Project
  • Provides a resource list of Military Charities, Organisations and Government Contacts, including:
  • Advocacy.
  • Caregivers.
  • Care packages.
  • Credit counselling.
  • Employment.
  • Family support.
  • Financial assistance, grants & scholarships.
  • Government resources.
  • Housing.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Recreational therapy.
  • Research.
  • Service animals.
  • Service organisations.
  • Suicide awareness.
  • Suicide prevention.
  • Transportation.
  • Women veterans.
  • Wounded warriors.
US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Administers a variety of benefits and services that provide financial and other forms of assistance to Service members, Veterans, their dependents and survivors.
  • Operates the US’s largest integrated health care system, with more than 1,700 hospitals, clinics, community living centres, domiciliaries, readjustment counseling centres, and other facilities.
Veterans Support Organisation (VSO)
  • Established in 2001.
  • Provides food and financial assistance to veterans, as well as aid in gaining employment.
Military Family & Veterans Service Organisations of America  (MFVSOA)
  • A federation of America’s national organisations dedicated to keeping America strong and safe by providing care, treatment, research and rehabilitation to active military, veterans, and their caregivers.
National Association of Veteran Serving Organisations (NAVSO)
  • Exclusively focused on improving the effectiveness and efficiency of veteran services across the public and private sector.
Disabled America Veterans Charity (DAV)
  • A nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families.
  • Is also a leader in connecting veterans with meaningful employment, hosting job fairs and providing resources.
National Association of American Veterans (NAAV)
  • Established in 2005.
  • It provides assistance to severely wounded warriors, especially single parent service members, military caregivers, disabled veterans and their families by helping them access their benefits, improving communications and coordination for veterans and collaborating among health agencies, medical professional, organisations, educational organisation and the general public.
Career One Stop (Veteran & Military Transition Centre)
  • A one-stop website for employment, training, and financial help after military service.
  • has assembled a hand-selected collection of respected internet sites concerning military career transitions.
TA Online
  • Provides a large variety of resources for the transitioning from the military.
GI Jobs
  • Their mission is to simplify the military transition experience using education and employment tools and resources to guide you to a successful career.