Graham Cable blogs at Writeforyour.life and has recently put up a new post which he describes as “an extract from the current version of my intro to my doctorate in education (EdD) thesis. Its aim is to provide a flavour of what the now frenzied writing-up entails.”
I joined the British Army’s Educational and Training Services Branch for many reasons. However, I emphasise that one crucial motivator for that, as well as for this thesis, is that I fundamentally believe that anyone that serves in the British Army should leave it demonstrably better qualified than the day they started. Since beginning my research for this study though, what has also become apparent is such qualifications do not in themselves guarantee an easy and swift journey back onto ‘Civvy Street’. It is this aspect of transition from a military career that concerns me most, and this is what I explore here.
I have personal reasons for doing so, for apart from other core duties during my military career lasting from the early 1990s to 2011, my role included provision of advice and guidance to those preparing to leave the British Army in readiness for their return to civilian roles. While this involved pointing them towards appropriate courses and information aimed at supporting this transition, when it came to my own turn to leave, I believe I was wholly unprepared. As my thesis explores, it seems that significant difficulty stemmed from an unexpected parting, and from not being ready for this.