This book chapter features in the book Military Veteran Reintegration: Approach, Management, and Assessment of Military Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life. The book offers a toolkit for researchers and practitioners on best practices for easing the reintegration of military veterans returning to civilian society. It lays out how transition occurs, identifies factors that promote or impede transition, and operationalizes outcomes associated with transition success. Bringing together experts from around the world to address the most important aspects of military transition, the book looks at what has been shown to work and what has not, while also offering a roadmap for best-results moving forward.
Military-to-civilian transition (MCT) is a complex process that service members, veterans, and their families experience in different ways, and each country's unique history, culture, and institutions will shape how it addresses the needs of families undergoing MCT. Nonetheless, research on transitioning members and their families across NATO nations suggests that there are several essential components for a successful transition to civilian life. This chapter introduces an overarching MCT framework composed of the nine essential components for nations developing or enhancing the services and support they provide to service members returning to civilian life.
Castro, C.A., Dursun, S., MacLean, M-B, Lazier, R., Fossey, M. and Pedlar, D. (2019) Essential components for a successful military-to-civilian transition in Castro and Dursun (Eds) Military Veteran Reintegration: Approach, Management, and Assessment of Military Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life London: Academic Press.