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When the time comes for you to leave the Regular Army, life on the civilian job market can come as a bit of a shock to the system. Finding a new job and a place to stay all at once might seem a bit daunting. But help is at hand in the form of the Army’s Resettlement Package, to help you manage the return to civilian life.

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.

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. Click the ‘Lifelong learning’ link below for more information.

If you want to improve your skills or fill in gaps in your education, the Army offers all its soldiers the chance to earn anything from GCSEs to degrees

Extra days off, travel and adventurous sports. Got your attention?

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