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Life after the Military: New Support Initiative Announced1st October 2018 Armed Forces Claims
The Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, has announced a new initiative to help the Armed Forces with a focus on personal development and a new transition programme to equip them for life after the military. Importantly, there will be a specific fund dedicated to supporting the careers of the spouses and partner of those who serve, recognising the essential role of military families. A support network will also be created for those living with significant illness and their carers.
Transition to civvy street is an inevitable part of a career and I believe for that to be successful, preparation needs to start much earlier so I welcome this initiative. Recognition of the role families have to play in this process is vital; not only to assist in the transition of their partner but also to acknowledge that they are part of the military community, that their lives will be changing significantly and undergoing their own transition; a fact that is often overlooked. The fund will therefore facilitate access to vocational training and development opportunities for military spouses and civil partners.
I also applaud the creation of a support network for those living with significant illness. Losing a military career through injury or illness can be devastating; not only does the person have to come to terms with their injury and illness, they often have to come to terms with the loss of their career, home and military family and from my experience of supporting such men and women and their families, the impact of this cannot be underestimated.