Leaving the Army is a transition period that can be daunting for some people. If you are looking to keep up to date with current news in the Royal Regiment or just simply want to be part of the Regimental Family and are looking for comradeship and some social fun then joining you local branch might be the answer. You can also sign up to the newsletter, which will keep you informed of all the assocation news, events and regimental acitivies.
The resettlement package explained
As a soldier, you’ll have gained valuable skills and life experience. You’ll find that most civilian employers respect this, but the Army gives you some extra help on the job market as well.
The Resettlement Package you get depends on how long you have served. It includes a resettlement payment to help with the costs of setting up your new life and extra training courses to help you find the right job. You’ll be given time off to attend job interviews, and if you've served more than six years you'll be entitled to at least four weeks’ Resettlement Time at the end of your service, rising to seven weeks if you've served for 16 years or more.
And if you want to return to full-time education, you can use Enhanced Learning Credits to pay for up to 80 per cent of your course fees. Please contact the Royal Artillery Cenre for Development for more information.
Army Reserve opportunities
If, having left the Regular Army, you miss the camaraderie, excitement and variety of your old Army life, why not give the Reservists a go? You’ll get many of the benefits of Army life and combine them with your new civilian life and career. Plus, there are now financial incentives available if you join the Army Reserve of up to £10,000 for ex-Regulars. If you join the Army Reserve within 3 years of leaving the Regulars, you will not deploy on operations for up to 3 years, unless you volunteer. You will also have a reduced requirement to conduct certain basic military tests and you will only need to do 19, instead of 27 days training to qualify for the maximum tax-free bounty. Join here.
We can also offer other types of support and you can find some of the partners and organisations that we work with below. You can also access this document and find some helpful numbers and advice for a good cross section on support.
The first point of contact for veterans seeking support
We put veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need – from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more.
How to apply for Medals, Veteran's Badge & lost medals
Sometimes we lose medals or they need replacing. Please follow this link for advice on this:
New Veterans ID Badge https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-veterans-id-cards-rolled-out-to-service-leavers
Do you need advice about your army pension? Then by contacting the Armed Forces Pension Society you are assured of receiving advice to help you get the best pension to which you are entitled.
There are many websites that can help and if you unsure then please contact www.veterans-uk.info for more help.
Housing one of the most important things that you need to square away when you leave the Army. Haig homes is a real choice and we do encourage you to put in applications and follow the link to the application process.