The FiMT Research Centre will host their first forum takeover on the 22nd Feb with host Nick Wood. You are invited to join us for this pre-conference live event on the theme of Transition of Service People and Families.
Nick will be live on the Hub answering questions between 13.30-14.15, with the forum remaining open afterwards for further comments and discussion. Conference speakers and Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre staff will also be attending so join us for a stimulating and interactive session on everything to do with this important field.
*An opportunity to ask questions of a key expert
*Meet other conference attendees prior to the main March conference
Within this forum where you are – from 1.30 there will be more live Q+A with posts from Nick. You are invited to post questions/comment etc as well. We hope to get some discussion going around what Nick has posted.
In advance of this afternoons forum I thought I’d share with you some initial thoughts around transition and my military human CPD concept.
Why Transition Matters.
The subject of ‘transition’ and life after the military has drawn much debate on a national and international level for many years with Lord Ashcroft’s (2014) ‘Veterans Transitions Review’ exploring the journey from a ‘military’ to ‘civilian life’, and the structures around the Armed Forces Covenant, the document is viewed as a definitive publication and refenced regularly.
In his ‘why transition matters’ section Lord Ashcroft states that ‘On joining, young volunteers adopt an ethos of selfless service, a lifestyle far removed from that of the civilian, ready to go wherever they are ordered, totally committed to the task in hand, and ultimately prepared to give their lives for their team and their mission’.
This is powerful message which suggests that military life is in fact very different to civilian life, its not a job but a lifestyle, and that it requires young recruits to adapt, and adopt to an environment and organisation that will influence the development stages of a young recruit. To explain some of my thoughts around the military journey and transition I wrote a short blog article for the FIMT Lifting our sights research project. I’ve dropped the link here in preparation for this afternoon. I’m very much looking forward to chatting and hope you find my thoughts interesting.
Good afternoon to you all and thank you for joining me on the forum today, and thank you to the VFR team for allowing me to share my work with you all. As you can see I’ve already started putting responses in so will start in question order from the associated page. Hope you enjoy reading my work.