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Career Transition

As you are preparing to leave the Army to enter civilian life your focus may turn to issues such as finding a new job, looking for a home and locating schools for children.

The current process of transition Individual Planning and Personal Development (IPPD) is utmost important. Transition IPPD is an individual responsibility but chain of command obligation.

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

Transition IPPD is through career process. Transition IPPD starts from the phase 2 training and far more relevant for a Nepalese youth who decides to leave Nepal at the age of 18, joins the British Army to become a Gurkha.

This is designed to support a service personnel (SP) to enhance their career while in service as well as a personal development through education, awareness and  accreditation of professional courses qualifications.

The employing unit is obliged to making sure that SP has access on information access or brief on housing, health, employment, education and finance. If SP has taken Transition IPPD positively and carried out throughout the career they should be in good position to carry out resettlement training in any stages of their career.

General Officer Commanding Regional 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 an SO2 Transition post has been created in each of the Regional Headquarters that make up Home 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.

Further Advice for career transition

Further to this, SO2 Personnel and Policy in the Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas also has a work strand to monitors the Brigade of Gurkhas units. He links with RPoC Bdes SO2s Transition for extra support if required by the Gurkhas.

Whether you are leaving service after 4 years, 12 years, retiring on immediate pension point (IPP) of 24 years or leaving on medical discharge due to injury or illness, transition can be a complex 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 guide, 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 on Transition IPPD before you becomes  responsible citizen in civilian life.

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