Help and advice for Fusiliers

This section of the website is dedicated to helping Fusiliers move into civilian life at the end of their service.

As you think about your future outside the Regiment, we hope that the information on this page will help you find and settle into your next career. We only suggest organisations out there who are specifically set up to assist veterans start their civilian careers at little of no financial gain to themselves and most are supported by Forces charities.

Leaving the Regiment as well as the Army can appear challenging and sometimes overwhelming. However, many, many employers value your skills, your self-discipline and your overall ‘can-do’ attitude.  We know the vast majority of former Fusiliers make a very successful transition into civilian life.

There are many ways in which you can also stay in touch with former comrades and in fact the regiment. You could join the Fusilier Association or download our Web – App, Fusiliers Connect so you can stay connected to individuals and groups in the Fusilier family. Simply visit the App store on your smartphone and download or register/ log in on this website.

Useful Resource

The Defence Business Service UK Armed Forces & Veterans Portal is a useful resource containing lots of relevant information about support services.

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Deciding to leave the Army

If you decide that the time has come to leave the Army, talk it through with the Battalion’s Regimental Careers Management Officer (RCMO) or the Adjutant.  This allows them to thoroughly discuss your reasons and the options for remaining.

If you are sure that you want to leave the Army, you will be asked to sign the necessary paperwork.  This will include a Notice period, which is not likely to be more than 12 months – you will be told your specific length of Notice as soon as possible. From this point onward, JSP 534 ‘The Tri-Service Resettlement and Employment Support Manual’ will be your bible to your entitlements and how to go about preparing yourself in terms of further qualifications.

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Preparing for the change

Once you are fully engaged in the leaving process you will be in regular contact with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP).  This is a formal agreement between the MoD and Right Management Ltd to provide resettlement services for those leaving any of the Services.

Regardless of time served, you can take advantage of CTP support when leaving. CTP have helped over 180,000 servicemen make the move into civilian life and support thousands of organisations looking to employ ex-Service personnel.

Searching for your new job

In your final months of Army life, you should attend as many resettlement courses as possible to widen your attractiveness to employers.

At the same time, start looking for your new job.  CTP will have guided you on preparing your standard CV and how to tailor it for different industries and job roles.  The agencies listed below can give you more help, should you need it.

There are several ways to find a job:

Your own hard work, using your own contacts and through networking
Non profit making social enterprises that specialise in placing ex-Servicemen – see below
Using recruitment consultants. They are a useful source of jobs and many are good at matching a serviceman’s skills to jobs on offer.  Be aware that they receive commission for placing applicants and sometimes, you might have to contribute.  So check what their terms of business are.

Social enterprises that specialise in placing ex-Servicemen

The following are organisations that are sympathetic to the needs of ex-servicemen.  They will help open all sorts of opportunities and improve your prospects when searching for that perfect job.

SaluteMyJob helps former Service men and women into employment. They can help you become a competitive candidate and connect you to the job you want in the company where you will thrive. SaluteMyJob’s Veterans Employment Support Service combines expert employment advisors and purpose built technology to help you translate your acquired military knowledge, skills and experience into the language of commercial employers.  SaluteMyJob takes pride in treating you as an individual, providing you with expert advice, guidance and support. Thanks to the funding we receive from the Army and RAF Benevolent Funds, the one-to-one support we offer is free.  See more at SaluteMyJob and their live job feed

The Forces Employment Charity provides life-long, life-changing support, job opportunities, and training to Service leavers, veterans, reservists and their families, regardless of circumstances, rank, length of service, or reason for leaving.

X-Forces is a social enterprise offering valuable business and employment support to those ex-Service personnel who wish to start their own business or to contribute to the growth of existing firms. It encourages anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit, offering Business Start Up advice and the all-important capital business loans. See X-Forces for more detail.

Resettlement (Transition) from military service to being a civilian

All those leaving the Army are entitled to support from the Career Transition Partnership under well established rules and processes. Those serving are asked to consult their RCMO or Unit Welfare Office and to visit the local Army Education Centre.

Those service leavers who need additional support in areas such as housing and employment, are also entitled to get support from the Defence Transition Service (DTS) for up to 2 years since they have left the service. Follow the link on Veterans Agency web site to the DTS. For those still serving who wish to have DTS support, go via UWO who will advise you about the process. For those who have left the Army within the last two years, veterans can self-refer themselves or ask for advice from RHQ. COBSEO registered charity such as WWTW and the Forces Employment Charity can also provide support with employment.

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