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Core Recovery Events

Core Recovery Events (CRE) are key developmental activities that wounded, injured and sick (WIS) personnel undertake during their recovery. They have been designed to engage individuals in their recovery and through a holistic approach encourage WIS personnel to focus positively on their potential outcome.

All soldiers who are suffering from a medium to long-term wounding, injury or sickness will need to attend a series of between three and five mandatory courses to assist their recovery. The courses are designed to support the recovery process and include adaptive sports and adventure training as well as classroom-based training in finances, work placements and CV writing. While the courses are mandatory, there is latitude where courses are not relevant to the individual when discussed with their Personnel Recovery Officer or unit.

Soldiers are booked on to the courses by their unit. Application forms and Joining Instructions are on the Defence Intranet.

Core Recovery Event 2 (CRE 2) is a ten day course that focuses on employment and realistic vocational options. The course should be completed within three months of CRE 1.
core course learning
Topics covered on CRE 2 include:
• Vocational assessment. This includes a detailed interview with vocational rehabilitation specialists and a series of assessments, which is followed by feedback and a report to determine suitable potential vocational outcomes for those transitioning to civilian life
• Financial education. This includes guidance on the cost of living, budgeting, savings, investments and debt
• Recovery opportunities and work placements through the Recovery Career Services
• Accommodation and relocation. This addresses the potential housing options for different scenarios
• CV writing. This looks at how to construct a CV
• Diversity and inclusion. This discusses the job search process and issues for consideration such as disclosure
• Insight to industry visit. This part of the course involves a visit to a civilian workplace to identify organisational cultural issues between the military and civilian employment for the soldier as well as the transferable skills
• HARDFACTS Individual Recovery Plan (IRP) Workshop. The workshop continues the work from CRE 1 to further develop the IRP.

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