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Transition to civilian life

38 (Irish) Bde is primarily concerned with service leavers who are wishing to resettle within Northern Ireland (Co Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone). Our aim is to ensure that the service leaver is given all the relevant information needed, to make an informed choice allowing the smooth transition into civilian life.

Soldier to civilianTransition is based upon the five pillars of resettlement Employment, Education, Health, Housing and Welfare. Northern Ireland specific Information in relation to each of these areas can be accessed via the links set out below.


For those service personnel who are returning to Northern Ireland following an extended period away, discretion is key and soldiers are reminded of the residual terrorist threat which is still extant.

Transition Process

The process of Transition to Civilian Life is broken down into 3 lines:

  • 1st Line – Unit Resettlement Staff (information and administration support)
  • 2nd Line – Individual Education and Resettlement Officer (IERO) located with your local AEC (advice and guidance on the resettlement package)
  • 3rd Line – Provided by Career Transition Partnership (CTP) (transition workshops, resettlement training advice and employment consultancy)


For service leavers the initial point of contact for seeking employment in Northern Ireland is Right job an online job finding service which is part of Career Transition Partnership (CTP) link below. The Employment Consultant for Northern Ireland is located at the Resettlement Centre, Aldergrove, and can be contacted via the CTP Website.

Right Job specializes in matching the skills and experience offered by ex-service personnel with potential employers. They will offer career advice and carry out basic background checks on employers which will enable the service leaver to be up front about disclosing their previous military service.

Other useful job finding websites can be accessed via the attached links, however discretion is key and you are reminded to be cautious when providing personal information particularly in relation to your service in the Armed Forces. If in doubt or you are worried about the risk to your personal security, contact the CRAC team for further advice and guidance.

For spouses and dependants returning to Northern Ireland the Families Employment Advisory Team (FEAT) offer tailored advice, guidance and support to those looking for employment, training or further education.

Have you considered continuing your military service in the Army Reserve. To find out more visit www.army.mod.uk/join

A Commitment Bonus for ex-Regular Officers (Capts and below) and Other Ranks in the early part of their Army Reserve service has been introduced. For more information on service in the Army Reserve, see Opportunities in the Army Reserve for Service Leavers, or talk to your RCMO.

Contact the CRAC

Telephone: 02892 263 601

Email: 38X-Int-CRAC-SNCO1@mod.uk

Further information or queries can be addressed to the 38 (Irish) Bde SO2 Transition

Telephone: 02892 263 906

Email: 38X-Pers-Transition-SO2@mod.uk

To Register and Book CTW or Career Consultant interview call 0203 162 4410
For Employment Support call 0121 236 0058

The initial point of contact remains the Unit Resettlement Officer (URO). It is vital that a leaving soldier engages as early as possible with the URO so that a resettlement plan can be agreed and any specific needs addressed.