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Transition: Individual Planning and Personal Development

Transition: IPPD – An explanation

Transition IPPD is the offer of support, advice and education that will increase personal knowledge and awareness and supports soldiers’ personal development and long-term planning. It is mandated by Commander Land Forces and directed in Land Forces Standing Order 3221. Transition IPPD should be undertaken throughout your military career in order to enhance your professional portfolio and career prospects as well as prepare you for your inevitable transition to civilian life.

Transition IPPD is a personal responsibility that should be undertaken continuously and progressively throughout Service life. Transition information and the opportunities that a military career offers, provides a firm foundation for personal planning and development. This will assist you to become more independent, resilient and confident to successfully meet the challenges that you will face in Service and subsequently as a civilian.

As members of the British Army, you will all inevitably return to civilian life, whether at the end of your formal engagement, or prematurely due to family obligations, health or unforeseen circumstances. You can’t be certain when you will leave so you should commence your Transition IPPD at the beginning of your their military career and not ignore or deferred it to the end of your career.

Transition IPPD is a vital preliminary activity to Resettlement and will better prepare you for the challenges you will face on your return to civilian life. Greater knowledge, increased awareness and continuous individual planning and personal development will support better decision-making throughout your military career and hopefully provide greater choice by increasing options and opportunities for success. It will also enable sensible long-term financial provision and exploit every opportunity that Service life offers.

The majority of you will be in civilian employment for longer than your military Service by the time you retire. Therefore taking time to develop oneself and plan your future whilst in Service can be a real ‘game-changer’ in the long-term. Leaving the Service and returning to civilian society can be stressful. Cultural differences may require some personal adjustment. Understanding the Transition journey early enough to allow planning and preparation will make the Transition journey less stressful and more successful.

 

Transition IPPD: How it works

The Army is underpinned by functional policies which support the soldier in Service and can be categorized as: Employment, Education, Housing, Health and Welfare or ‘E2H2W.’ Transition seeks to highlight the opportunities that exist within E2H2W so that they might be exploited by Service Personnel.
Regional Command is responsible for the delivery of Transition. There is a Transition staff officer in each Regional Brigade within the UK. Part of their responsibility is to capture regional information from civilian sources, which when consolidated will paint a picture of what it is like to live and work in their region.

This includes demographic information such as employment statistics, local industries, strategic enterprise initiatives and house prices. This information is consolidated onto the regional brigade webpages below. Service Personnel can review this information throughout their careers to assist decision making when considering where they might settle. It will also signpost Service Personnel to local and regional support agencies and service providers including:

  • local authorities for education, housing and social services
  • housing associations
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Job Centre Plus
  • Citizen’s Advice Bureau
  • Education establishments, charities and local employers

In addition to this information there are also Transition Newsletters and Information Sheets that offer Transition advice and guidance. These should be available in units but are also readily accessible on this website. Service Personnel will be further assisted in unit by the delivery of short ‘Life Skills’ briefings designed to raise awareness by introducing Service personnel to; the importance of Transition IPPD, Personal Finance, Housing, Education and the services of Veterans UK. Service Personnel will be sign-posted to sources where more detailed information can be found.

There is also the opportunity for Service Personnel to attend Transition Fairs which are arranged regionally which are advertised on this site and on CTP’s website. These events are useful for IPPD and when deciding which region or location to settle in. Transition Fairs will generally promote the opportunities and benefits of settling in a specific location or area.

Representatives from service and support organizations such as local authorities including housing staff, social services, Department of Work and Pensions (Job Centre+), Citizens Advice Bureau, housing associations, NHS Trusts, Chambers of commerce, and local businesses keen to employ Service Leavers. Service Personnel as well as Service leavers are strongly advised to attend a number of these events as they help Service Personnel understand how support is provided in civilian life.


Transition is a personal responsibility. It will not be done for you or to you, although information and encouragement will be provided by the Chain of Command. Individuals must recognize the value of Transition and utilize the information and opportunities that are available to act upon. Using Transition throughout military service will contribute to a more successful military career, a more successful period of Resettlement, an easier transition into civilian life and greater success as a civilian.

Transition IPPD will help you to help yourself in your military career and afterwards in civilian life

The Relationship between Transition IPPD and the Career Transition Partnership (CTP)

Transition can support all Army Service Personnel at any time in a military career. CTP provide the Armed Forces resettlement support on behalf of the MOD to Service Leavers at the end of a military career. CTP provides resettlement support, career advice and training opportunities to all ranks based on entitlement.

Access to the CTP website can be found in the right margin. There is no formal link between Transition IPPD activity and CTP Resettlement although the Transition and CTP staff will seek to coordinate their efforts for the benefit of Service personnel. Individuals who have embraced Transition IPPD are more likely to achieve a better CTP Resettlement outcome as they will be mentally, physically and practically better prepared which will allow them to focus on the advice and support provided by CTP.

Need more support?

With the right commitment, planning and preparation Transition to civilian life is achieved successfully in the majority of cases. However, there may be individuals who need additional support above and beyond the transition information mentioned here.

In these instances it is important that Service Personnel identify any challenges or issues that they might have to their chain of command at the earliest opportunity. If these cannot be managed in during the time remaining in Service individuals can be sign-posted to the appropriate support services or referred to Veterans UK (Veterans Welfare Service) which is the MOD organization responsible for Veterans’ well-being.

Don Goldie looks at the history of the Veterans Welfare Service, tracing its origins from the First World War.

Regional support HQ locations

4th Infantry Brigade and HQ North East

The Brigade trains and administers over 10,500 Regular and Reserve soldiers and is the largest regional brigade which covers the North-East of England.

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38 (Irish) Brigade

Headquarters 38 (Irish) Brigade is based in Lisburn and provides the support network known as the 'Firm Base', for all Defence assets based in the Northern Ireland.

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42 (North West) Brigade

42 (North West) Brigade is the regional Army brigade which looks after the Army's interests in North West England covering Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire and the Isle of Man.

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HQ 1 Artillery Brigade and HQ South West

The Brigade area covers the 7 counties of Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. This includes the Channel Islands to the South and Isles of Scilly to the West.

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7th Infantry Brigade and HQ East

With its Headquarters in Chilwell, Nottingham, the Brigade covers twelve counties in the East Midlands and East Anglia from the Humber to the Thames.

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51 (Scottish) Brigade

51 (Scottish) Brigade has regional responsibility for TA units in Scotland with its Headquarters at Forthside, Stirling and is part of the Army's Support Command.

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11 Signals and West Midlands Brigade

The brigade headquarters is based in Donnington, Telford and covers the counties of Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham conurbation.

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11th Infantry Brigade & HQ South East

11th Infantry Brigade & HQ South East is based in the South of England and is part of the Army’s 'Adaptable Force' meaning it has units under its command delivering operational effect and regional responsibilities across the South East of England.

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HQ 160th Infantry Brigade and HQ Wales

With its Headquarters at Brecon, 160 (Wales) Brigade is at the hub of the Army in Wales. Within this area are some of the Army's top training sites, including the Infantry Battle School at Brecon and Sennybridge Training Area.

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HQ London District

HQ London District is the main headquarters for all British Army units within the M25 corridor of London. It is responsible for all Regular units, Territorial units and cadet attachment (ACF and CCF).

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