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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)

Health care

There are five Health Trusts in Northern Ireland, providing health and social care services to the NI public. Services are provided locally and on a regional basis.

  • The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust provides health and social care services for more than 340,000 people in Belfast and regional services to the whole of Northern Ireland.
  • The Northern Trust provides a broad range of health and social care services for people across the local council areas of Antrim, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Carrickfergus, Coleraine, Cookstown, Larne, Magherafelt, Moyle and Newtownabbey.
  • The South Eastern Trust encompass the coucil areas of Newtownards, Down, North Down and Lisburn and provides health and social care for approximately 440,000 people.
  • The Southern Trust provides health and social services care for those people living in the Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Dungannon and Newry and Mource council areas.
  • The Western Trust provides health and social services care for those people living in the Londonderry, Fermanagh, Limavady, Omagh and Strabane council areas.

Visit the Northern Ireland NHS Services Directory via the link below for details of Health Trusts, GPs and local hospitals. The website can be searched by postal codes. If you are concerned about passing your details to a particular GP or Local Hospital, contact the CRAC team for further advice and guidance

Should you wish to consider the healthcare options outside the NHS, then the Private Healthcare Gateway website gives guidance regarding the Private Health Care choices available in Northern Ireland - follow the link below.

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.