General Article Leaving the Armed Forces

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‘I made the decision to leave the army because of a number of factors,’ explains 27-year-old Rob, a former Captain in the British Army. ‘I realised it wasn’t something I wanted to do as a long-term career, due to time away on operational tours. Then I worked out that if I didn’t want to make a career out of it, I needed to get out while I was still young enough to start something else.’

Rob says the biggest challenge facing anyone leaving the Army, Navy or RAF is the massive change in lifestyle.

‘You’re going to an environment where everyone may be supportive and want to help people in your position – people who’ve fought for their country – but ultimately very few of them will understand where you’re coming from, what kind of experience you’ve got and therefore what you are capable of,’ he explains.

Budgeting off barracks

The other big problem is more straightforward: money and all those bills and bits of paper you didn’t need to worry about while you were serving.

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