This report presents interim findings of a project to understand the transition to civilian life for ex-Service personnel with physical conditions as a result of Service life.
The physical injuries or conditions acquired as a result of, or during, Service are diverse and complex. While much research has focused on the important issue of mental health, data show that the percentages for physical injuries or conditions leading to discharge are much higher than those attributed to mental health and behavioural health issues1 . For some there may be a requirement for medical discharge, whereas for others there may be an initial downgrading of their role, with them subsequently medically discharged or choosing to leave Service. Notwithstanding the process through which they leave, it is important to recognise the challenges that Service personnel with physical injuries and conditions may face during the transition to civilian life. However, there remains limited research focusing specifically on the experiences of those who have left Service with a physical injury or condition.
Hynes, C., Scullion, L., Lawler, C., Boland, P. and Steel, R., 2020. Lives in Transition: returning to civilian life with a physical injury or condition. Interim report. College for Military Veterans and Emergency Services.