Policy issue

The transition from employment in the to civilian employment is one which most Service leavers eventually make successfully. For many though, it is a challenge and issues associated with skills transferability and translation, employers’ attitudes and personal identity can present barriers to securing sustainable and fulfilling employment.

Transition also impacts on the employment and careers of spouses and partners, particularly if there is a relocation involved. The result is that employers are missing out on valuable skills and experience, and individuals are experiencing a loss of sense of purpose, with the knock-on effects on health and wellbeing, relationships and personal finances, all at considerable cost to society.

Policy position

We believe that no ex-Service person, or their spouse or partner, should be disadvantaged in achieving successful employment outcomes, and that special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given the most such as the injured and the bereaved. Our vision is for all service leavers seeking employment to be able to secure a satisfying job role which meets realistic expectations, provides fulfilment, and generates a sufficient source of income.

At present some Service leavers are experiencing disadvantage when they seek to enter employment in the civilian world. Working with others, we are using our evidence and knowledge base to ensure that such disadvantage ceases to exist. There is evidence to show that this will benefit both Service leavers and their families, employers and the economy.


Click here to download FiMT’s Employment Policy Statement.