Hi Nick, I have read your contribution on continuous transition on the Lifting Our Sights blog. How do you think the challenge of transition will change in the next decade, if at all, and what can be done to mitigate the most significant threats to successful and sustainable transition? Tom McBarnet
A few years ago I would have agreed with you Danny, but the number of serving personnel, veterans and spouses as active researchers is tiny so if it’s an either/or I’d rather have a researcher who understood how to do research well and who could develop an understanding of the subject subsequently.
As I only have 5 minutes left I just want to say thank you for having the opportunity to share my thoughts with you. Its a snap shot of the work I do supporting the Armed forces Community. At York St John University we are developing a number of projects working with service leavers, families, spouses and partners and are an MOD ERS Gold Award university. If anyone would like to know more about my work or chat about the CPD I have been providing for the NHS Veterans Mental Health TILS, CTS and new HIS Teams I’ll be happy to catch up on a later date. I’m also working closely with CJS Teams so have other areas of interest to chat about.
My email address is email@example.com or you can put Military Human into Google and you’ll find our webpage from there.
Thanks again to the VFR team its been fabulous and my typing skills are up at least 200 words a minute now, I’ll stay around for a while longer though !!
Hi Danny, to be a researcher you need to have a Master’s degree to have a chance at getting a Research Assistant job, and to progress beyond that you need a doctorate. This takes years of study and not many veterans decide to go that way. Nick Wood is a great example of someone who moved laterally into public/organisational engagement to help organisations better understand the community, and he studied for a MSc in his spare time.
The new JSP Holistic Transition Policy and Strategy for our Veterans are the going to start the change. The JSP 100 takes a holistic view not just focussing on one are of need. This is a new and welcome approach. I’m also a big advocate of the MOD Transition emotional pathway that talks about the adjustment experience again a huge step forward. Lastly, I think that there should be a pre discharge adjustment briefing for service leavers and their families. This could bust some of the myths and better prepare people for life outside of the military setting. In the military we were always told about the PPPPP’s so for me preparation around how you and your family will feel is critical to transition.