Resettlement consultation

Please tell us about your experience of the MoD resettlement service. You are welcome to respond whether as a service leaver or a family member by completing the form below.

You will also have the opportunity to provide details of the aspects of the service which worked for you, which didn’t, why, and whether there are changes that can be made to improve the system.

Read more about our resettlement consultation
Outline of Government support available to service leavers
Why we need a rethink on resettlement
Military resettlement consultation launched
Heropreneurs: How to improve the transition to civvy street
Armed Forces Resettlement Consultation
‘Personnel and their families are being hammered by defence cuts’ 

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2 thoughts on “Resettlement consultation

  1. Since my first experiences of the military in 1966 when I joined the then Junior Leaders Regiment RE at Dover, I was just 15 years and 1 month when I left home. I left unfit for service in October 1992 and to be honest. ALL the promises made by all governments have come to nothing for those with adjustment issues / medical health / mental health problems, with the wife / partner if in a relationship are expected to become the prime carer, with little or no understanding of “The man who went to war, was not the man who came home”.

    I was talking to a friend down in the south of the UK whose friend had just been to a wives pre-tour briefing, where they were told all these stories of Combat Mental Health is not as perceived the problem as reported by the media, does this again means the MoD are in denial and still being dumped on the NHS who either don’t care, or can’t cope with the broken military body / mind.

    Many promises have been made over too many years as to the sort of help you would expect if you need help once discharged, alas this is still ‘Pie in the Sky’ for the many. With such as Combat Stress still not accepting those who use alcohol as a crutch as the military taught us to do after a stressful situation, be it a singular event but in so many cases, six months of daily adrenaline rush when they approach to contact, being faced by an ambush or are confronted by the IED.

    While we are taught to work in a TEAM, this works very well and perhaps they best in the world, once discharged you feel very alone, isolated, angry, low self esteem, lacking the confidence you once had.

    With those now being made redundant / dismissed, they are not getting a clear 12 months post tour to discharge, little or no help with sorting out the demons / worries they have by being dumped alone in a strange place, with little or no MoD / service support. Government figures state about 95% of those discharged find their way back into civilian life with few problem, but 5% of 5,000,000 veterans across the UK and some now living means there are a gear number of those needing the support / treatment to help them better adjust.

    Both the MoD and NHS are in denial, there have been many promises made by successive governments that have come to nothing, the most recent figures held by the South Atlantic Medal Association (Falkland’s War) state that some 350 of the veterans who served there have committed suicide and the numbers from Iraq / Afghanistan are growing as we speak.

    While there are very many local groups doing what they can, we feel that if one lobby group was to represent all veterans needs, those perhaps from the younger groups of men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan but not forgetting those who have served in all conflicts, to bring the issues to government, holding government to task and bring the Military Covenant into law across the whole of the UK, as councils pick and choose what they do, this is as we are aware local social housing association do what they want.

  2. The transition to Civi Street can be a traumatic experience for the service person and their family.
    The resettlement package that is offered to service people is far better than anything else from any other organization. This however does not mean it can’t be improved.
    I left the Army in 2000, back then it was very much a feeling that my hierarchy thought I was turning my back on the service. This was very apparent when the Commanding Officer was trying to retain Phase one recruits before regular soldiers.

    My wife is about to embark on the process. She will have completed 22 years service. I hope the system has improved greatly since my time. The ideal for us would be for her to complete her resettlement at the nearest resettlement centre to the family home. As she is serving unaccompanied this will make the transition to home life easier.

    I believe there should be life time support for all ex service people. Too many ex service people are suffering hardship, homeless and suffering from mental health issues. Anyone who has served their country should never be left destitute.

    Mental health is going to be huge issues in the near future. The NHS will not be able to cope with the rise of PTSD. All service people should have compulsory mental health screening as part of the resettlement or leaving the service medicals. When the service person registers with the NHS practice a further screening should take place 12 months after leaving the service. This would allow the GP to identify any potential problems that can surface. Problems that could surface are drug or alcohol abuse, mental health issues or domestic violence. Worse case scenario ex service people could end up serving custodial sentences. This has happened in the past.

    Housing is also an issue. It is wrong that service people sometimes have to involve their MP or MSP. On leaving the service social housing should be automatic. It is also wrong that service people can’t get housing in the area they wish to settle. It’s very much thank your for protecting the nation but you can’t settle were you want. This has got to be looked at.

    Employment, on leaving a guaranteed six month work placement, funded as part of the resettlement would help those who need it. Some off our service people have never worked for any civilian companies.

    Some unit CO don’t let soldiers start resettlement until the last six months. This is just wrong. This is been done due to manning issues within Regiments. An example of how manning cuts are affecting individuals. How can someone complete a transition to Civi Street in a six month period?

    In simple terms service people have helped secure our future, on leaving the very least we, as a nation should do is secure the future of the ex service people.

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