Military Families and Transition

May, 2016

This report looks at the potential barriers UK families face to a smooth transition to civilian life and
future employment.


The family unit is a powerful force in society. Families enrich the lives of their members and are the building blocks of a strong society. Couples find mutual support within committed relationships and are more resilient together than they would be alone. Further, a stable family is the best setting in which to raise and nurture children from birth to maturity. Family relationships are particularly important for military personnel, who come under numerous pressures throughout their working life. Military spouses play a pivotal role in enabling veterans to make a successful transition from active service back to civilian life. They provide not only emotional support but also practical and financial help such as through the provision of additional income. Yet, military families face significant challenges which can impact on the family as a unit and each individual within it. The demands of service can cause relationships to come under strain placing huge demands upon both spouses and their children. Children of military personnel often have their education disrupted by frequent moves. Health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which affect military servicemen and women, can have knock-on negative consequences for the rest of the family

Full Reference

The Centre for Social Justice, 2016. Military Families and Transition. Available at: <>.

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