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Assessing Partnerships Between the Military and Civilian Agencies to Meet Transitioning Service Members’ Needs

Article

The issue of how best to prepare service members to transition from active duty to civilian life is one that impacts communities across the United States and abroad. This study examines how military and civilian agencies work together to provide services to transitioning military personnel.

Abstract

This study examines partnerships between the military and local communities by exploring communication channels of the U.S. military and civilian agencies that provide services to transitioning military members. This article reports on a study conducted in 2013 in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area, designed to determine the degree to which the military enters into partnerships with civilian service providers. We find that navy agencies in Hampton Roads do work with community partners, but the military is more directive than one might imagine in a true partnership, leading to ''uneasy'' partnerships. Additionally, there are important structural and organizational barriers that prevent true partnerships from developing between navy agencies and the community providers.

Full Reference

Katharine A. Neill-Harris, Sara Resnick, Wendi M. Wilson-John, Katrina Miller-Stevens, Tancy Vandecar-Burdin, John C. Morris, 2016, Armed Forces & Society, Assessing Partnerships Between the Military and Civilian Agencies to Meet Transitioning Service Members' Needs. 42, 3, 585-604.