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As an individual preparing to leave the Army and enter civilian life your focus may turn to issues such as finding a new job, looking for a home and locating schools for children. It is at this time that the process of Transition becomes important.

Discharge for British Army soldiers normally takes place in the UK, however, as a Gurkha soldier you have an option to discharge in Nepal where you can also request resettlement training.

Transition is defined as ‘a process designed to support a Service Leaver’s (SL) smooth passage to civilian life’. While there is already provision for resettlement in terms of help to find employment, there is a need to bring greater coherence and integration to the aspects of Transition.

General Officer Commanding Support Command is charged with the delivery of the Transition process within the UK. To assist with the process and to obtain some regional specific assistance a new SO2 Transition post has been created in each of the Regional Headquarters that make up Support Command. These individuals are responsible, in liaison with Units, for setting the conditions to ease your transition in each of the above areas. They have established links with local authorities, service providers and employers who are able to offer advice, help and support in the area you choose to settle.

Whether you are leaving after four years, retiring after 22 years, being forced to discharge on redundancy, or leaving on medical discharge due to injury or illness, transition can be a difficult time for many veterans and their families. No two individuals experience the same situation, and not all problems can be averted.

Transition from military to civilian life can be a daunting task, and for many people it’s a confusing time. For some service members, separation from the military can be an overwhelming personal experience, create financial hardship, and contribute to the already challenged family system.

While the Army has a moral obligation to support as you transition back in to civilian life, it must be driven by you with help and support from others if and when you need it.

This site provides some advice and guidance to SL and their families who are leaving the Army, no matter what stage they are in their career and draws from current MOD advice. Your chain of command is best placed to provide detailed advice and instructions to help you transition to civilian life.

For those for whom it is relevant this site also provides relevant links regarding Immigration.

The video below provides a useful guide for the Service Leaver.

Transition to Civilian Life

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