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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)


Education at a local level in Northern Ireland is administered by five education and library boards covering different council areas. The boards are as follows:

  • Belfast Education and Library Board - Greater Belfast area
  • North Eastern Education and Library Board - Antrim, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Carrickfergus, Coleraine, Larne, Magherafelt, Moyle, Newtownabbey.
  • South Eastern Education and Library Board - Ards, Castlereagh, Down, Lisburn and North Down.
  • Southern Education and Library Board - Armagh, Banbridge, Cookstown, Craigavon, Dungannon and South Tyrone, Newry and Mourne. 
  • Western Education and Library Board - Londonderry, Fermanagh, Limavady, Omagh, Strabane.

Department of Education NI website shows details of admissions criteria for all NI schools. For further and higher education collages and courses follow the Further and Higher Education link.

For service leavers considering third level education the attached links show the Universities in Northern Ireland. At present none of the universities offer an accreditation scheme however this is a area which is being explored by 38 (Irish) Bde.

Education contact details

For service personnel with families the Children's Education Support Officer (CESO) provides advice and support on the NI Educational System and can be contacted here:

Telephone: 02892 266 347

Email: AWS-38X-CESO@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.