For many ex-service men and women in the UK, finding purpose after the military is an uncertain journey. While serving, each day is structured around objectives; there’s an imperative to get up every morning, and teamwork and camaraderie are an innate part of the day. Then there’s the feeling of productivity – of doing genuinely impactful work – along with a strong sense of direction. Upon leaving the army, the sudden loss of this momentum can leave veterans feeling unfocussed, unsure of what the next step is.
Adapting to a new life on civvy street isn’t easy. At first glance, skills gained in the military don’t appear to be transferable to, say, an office job, and compared to the regimented and purposeful lifestyle of a soldier, everything else can feel a little… flat. However, there are dozens of ways military veterans can both put their skills to use, and find a similar way of life to the one they’ve come to know.