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Transition to civilian life

11th Infantry Brigade is primarily concerned with supporting Service personnel either residing in or returning to the South East. Our aim is to ensure all personnel are provided with regional information to allow timely, informed decisions. This helps Service families to put down roots, develop personal resilience and prepare a smooth through-career Transition to resettlement.

Transition: Individual Planning and Personal Development (IPPD) is not resettlement.
It is about you planning your personal and professional development throughout your career so that when you enter your resettlement you have exploited all the in-Service opportunities available to you, and as a family, you are in a better position financially, educationally, emotionally and professionally to launch into your resettlement.

You will all one day leave the Services
You cannot be certain when that day will come, however, removing your “Army blinkers” and taking time throughout your career to consider options open to you, exploiting in-Service education, housing and health/welfare provision, will significantly increase resettlement success and decrease the emotional impact that many currently experience when they leave.

Transition is your responsibility
It is best not left until the end. First you need to be clear about your current personal situation and to identify areas of weakness. HARDFACTS is a great tool to help you understand how resilient you and your family are. Where you identify an issue you can be assured that there is an organisation that can help. This site will help you to identify these organisations and find regional information. Early engagement is key.

Transition events
The Brigade runs a number of Transition events, mentoring courses, unit Life Skills briefs and networking activity. SE Transition Fairs are great “one-stop shop” events with all the key agencies under one roof. These events are open to Service Personnel, Service Leavers, Reservists, Spouses and Veterans. Dates of all transition activity are advertised via the CTP events webpage, Transition Newsletters, RCMOs and on this site.

Your health and that of your family is essential not only during Service but on leaving Service. You will need register with a GP and dentist to ensure you and your family have access to NHS health provision. This can be done before your discharge date by taking out a temporary registration. When you register make sure the doctor is aware you are a service leaver and that the Practice Manager obtains a copy of your service medical documents.

If you don’t know where to find your nearest NHS practice, the NHS Choices search tool will tell you. For local A&E departments, hospitals and consultants, GP practices, dental practices, opticians, pharmacists and support for carers please follow the NHS Service Directories link below.

If you haven’t used it before, NHS Direct (Dial 111 from landline or mobile free of charge) is a 24-hr service providing confidential health advice and information.

If you or your family are experiencing issues with the Transition process, there are a number of initiatives to provide advice and guidance including Combat Stress, Live at Ease and Big White Wall - anonymous support for ex-forces and families dealing with issues.