Transitioning from Military to Civilian Life: the Role of Mastery and Social Support


A survey was sent to all recently released Canadian Armed Forces members to examine their military to civilian transition experience and what resources are needed to ensure a successful transition.



The Survey on Transition to Civilian Life (STCL) was created to measure the adjustment outcomes of recently released Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members. The survey was administered to a sample of CAF regular force members released from 1998 to 2007. The aim of the current study was to examine resources that promote the successful adjustment to civilian life. Specifically, the goal was to conduct a secondary analysis of the STCL that examined the roles of mastery and social environment (that is, community belonging and satisfaction with support) in the transition to civilian life, as well as how these variables correlate with health and life stress.

Full Reference

Transitioning from military to civilian life: the role of mastery and social support. Krystal K. Hachey, Kerry Sudom, Jill Sweet, Mary Beth MacLean, and Linda D. VanTil. Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health 2016 2:1, 9-18