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How veterans can join in London Remembrance Day

Poppy wreath

Leaving the military will pose many challenges, especially to veterans who’ve spent their entire working lives in the armed forces. One of the biggest questions many ex-military personnel will doubtless have will be how they can transition into the civilian workforce and find a new career that matches their skills.

What can you expect at a veterans career fair?

An civilian talking to soldiers at Catterick.

Leaving the military is often a huge culture shock, and one of the most pressing concerns will almost certainly be how to how to transition into the civilian workforce and find a role that can be turned into a new career.

What’s Remembrance Day in London like for veterans?

A soldier holding a poppy wreath

Leaving the military is often a huge culture shock, and one of the most pressing concerns will almost certainly be how to how to transition into the civilian workforce and find a role that can be turned into a new career.

Accessing ex servicemen housing schemes

A serviceman holding a house key on a Ministry of Defence key fob.

Leaving the military is often a huge culture shock, and one of the most pressing concerns will almost certainly be how to how to transition into the civilian workforce and find a role that can be turned into a new career.

Transferable military skills for UK veteran jobs

Pictured: A soldier from 2nd Battalion The Royal Yorkshire Regiment looking for enemy positions using JIM COMPACT binoculars. This piece of equipment is used to give pinpoint accurate fire co-ordinates to mortar teams on the battlefield. Project Convergence Capstone 4 (PC-C4) is a US Army-led experiment taking place in California, USA between 2 Feb and 22 Mar 2024. It aims to deliver an Army, as part of a joint and multinational force, able to rapidly and continuously integrate or “converge” effects across all domains. It will provide evidence to shape the British Army of 2030 and ensure readiness. The first phase is at Camp Pendleton, a US Marine Corps base, on the California coast, while the second phase is at Fort Irwin, the US Army’s National Training Centre (NTC), in the Mojave Desert. PCC4 aims to improve military interoperability between the countries taking part – the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France and Japan – and delivery of effect. Approximately 4,000 troops from these seven countries are taking part in the experiment. Led by 1 Deep Recce Strike Brigade Headquarters, the UK contingent includes over 600 personnel from across the British Army. The Army’s Experimental and Trials Group (ETG) will deploy a Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) enhanced Battlegroup consisting of up to 300 personnel including Engineers, Artillery and Electronic Warfare Assets.

If you’re leaving the armed forces and looking for work on civvy street for the first time, one of the biggest challenges you’re likely to come across is how you can best represent your skills in a way that makes sense to recruiters.

Finding the best UK jobs for ex-military personnel?

Pictured: F-35 pilots walking to their aircraft before disembarking HMS Prince of Wales. On 17th March 2024 the F35-B Lightning jets of 617 Squadron disembarked HMS Prince of Wales following Exercise STEADFAST DEFENDER. After launching, the fifth-generation stealth aircraft returned to their home base RAF Marham in Norfolk. The aircraft, capable of fulfilling air-to-air and air-to-ground roles as well as intelligence gathering and electronic warfare, has been under the command of the UK Carrier Strike Group, who are also afloat on HMS Prince of Wales, for the duration of the Exercise. The UK Carrier Strike Group assembled to take part in the NATO Exercise STEADFAST DEFENDER 2024, the largest NATO exercise in decades. NATO forces are exercising across multiple regions and in multiple domains (maritime, land, air, space, and cyber). The vast scale of this exercise is occurring over several months and over thousands of kilometres, and involves tens-of-thousands of Allied troops, all showcasing NATO capabilities to deter adversaries and defend allied territory. This is the first time that the UK Carrier Strike Group battlestaff have been embarked on HMS Prince of Wales alongside F35-B Lightning jets, although the relationship is well established from operating onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth in previous years.

Leaving the military will pose many challenges, especially to veterans who’ve spent their entire working lives in the armed forces. One of the biggest questions many ex-military personnel will doubtless have will be how they can transition into the civilian workforce and find a new career that matches their skills.

Key information on the Armed Forces Pension Calculator

A Royal Parade, attended by HRH the Earl of Wessex, was held today at RAF Waddington to mark the retirement of the E-3D Sentry from RAF service. HRH the Earl of Wessex, an Honorary Air Commodore, reviewed the parade and was accompanied by Air Officer Commanding Number 1 Group, Air Vice Marshal Allan Marshall and the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force Commander, Major General Thomas Kunkel from the United States Air Force. The Officer Commanding 8 Squadron, Wing Commander Victoria Williams was the parade commander for the event which saw flypasts conducted by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and an 8 Squadron E-3D Sentry. The event also marked 30 years of RAF service for an aircraft which has seen extensive use during operations and with NATO. These operations range from counter narcotic drug operations in the Caribbean through to Operation Iraqi Freedom which saw the RAF Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) force clock up more flying hours in Iraqi airspace than all other RAF aircraft combined. More recently the aircraft was employed on Operation Shader in the fight against Daesh and on Operation Fortis which saw them directly supporting the UK Carrier Strike Group. The retirement of the Sentry will see 8 Squadron relocated to RAF Lossiemouth where they will operate the E-7 Wedgetail which offers a significant stride forward in capability. For RAF Waddington this is another important step as the next generation Royal Air Force takes shape at the Station.

When you’re leaving the armed forces, there will be a lot to think about, but financial matters are likely to be at the top of almost everyone’s list. While many people will seek to transition into a civilian career, you also need to think about what to expect in later years, and in particular what pension you’ll be entitled to once you fully retire.

The Armed Forces Independence Payment

A double amputee soldier in the debut Headley Court Courtyard Garden at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower show in London in 2012. The staff and patients exhibited their display as an example of the permanent garden that has been built at Headley Court to help patients rehabilitate from their injuries. The purpose of the garden is to not only provide an area for the injured service personnel to test out their gardening skills. It is also designed with steps and obstacles to test out their prosthetic and to aid their recovery.

There are many reasons why people leave the armed forces, but one of the most difficult may be if you’ve suffered an injury or illness that impacts your ability to serve. In this case, transitioning back into civilian life can be particularly challenging. However, there is help available.

What do you need to know to apply for a veteran ID card?

Pictured: Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks during a Field Army course at the Combined Arms Manoeuvre School (CAMS).

There is a lot of support out there for former members of the UK military, from charities that can help with mental health to dedicated events for finding work. But if you want access to the full range of services available to former members of the UK armed forces, having a veteran ID card can make this much easier.

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