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Transition to civilian life

If you in are settling in Scotland after life in the armed forces, these links will provide you with access to the organisations and information that can assist you to find a home, gain employment and settle into civil society, as well as links to sources of help and support that might be needed.

Transition to civilian lifeThe information in this section is grouped into the five major areas that you will need to consider in order to make a successful transition:

  • Employment – Finding the right job and making best use of your skills. 
  • Education – For you and your children 
  • Health – Establishing yourself with a GP, Dentist and other Health issues 
  • Housing – Finding your new home, 
  • Welfare – The additional support you may need.

Scotland - the background

As a place to live and work, Scotland has a huge range of attractions, from the peace and tranquillity of mountain wilderness to the vibrant urban life of cities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. Opportunities for employment are plentiful and range from traditional crafts, through logistics, construction and retail to cutting edge technology and world class engineering. For families, the Scottish education system is world renowned and the National Health Service first class.

For background information on the economic situation, housing and employment the sites below may help with your decision making:

For a general brief on life in Scotland

For a brief on the housing market

For a detailed and up to date view of the economy, employment figures and more

For a direct link to a site specifically for ex service personnel in Scotland


As a place to live and work Scotland has many opportunities to develop your career in the oil and gas industries, an increasing renewable energy sector, life sciences, electronics, financial or banking services and a wide range of other possibilities in a vibrant and diverse economy.

As a former member of the armed forces you are automatically entitled to support from the Regular Forces Employment Association for life. The RFEA and its partner organisation, the Officers Association Scotland, both provide local employment consultants with a wealth of knowledge, contacts and advice. RFEA has consultants based in Edinburgh, Glasgow and at Kinloss (Inverness). Contact details are in the link panel below.

For those eligible there is also access to Career Transition Partnership (CTP) courses and workshops which will assist you in developing skills, preparing your CV and presenting yourself to potential employers, with support available for up to 2 years post-service. In Scotland CTP has a regional centre at Rosyth and links to the RFEA Employment consultants in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.

CTP also provides access to the “Rightjob” website (Registration and login required) which many potential employers use specifically to attract former service personnel. CTP hold regular employment events attracting 40-50 major employers and also hold a specific Oil and Gas event in Aberdeen every year, check the website for forthcoming local events.