Transition to civilian life

Individual Planning and Personal Development

Our aim is to ensure that service leavers are given all the relevant information needed to make an informed choice allowing a smooth transition into civilian life.

Transition: IPPD – An explanation

Transition Individual Planning and Personal Development (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 categorised 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 Information Sheets that offer Transition advice and guidance. These should be available in units but are also readily accessible on this website. 

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 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.