Research Index

Beyond being the best: educating for narrative repair in transition from British Army to ‘Civvy Street’

This thesis presents a military to civilian transition (MCT) autoethnography to highlight the unique nature of military life and work, and how this can complexify a move back to ‘Civvy Street’. It reinforces prevailing research indicating that the total career…

Confident, valued and supported: Examining the benefits of employment support for military spouses

Military spouses face numerous challenges in obtaining employment as a result of their connection to the military. Previous research has linked military spouses underemployment to reduced well-being and satisfaction with military life, which in turn impacts on retention of the…

The RAF Family – experiences from around the world. Survey Highlights Report.

Our online survey identified that RAF Personnel and their families are posted across a wide range of locations worldwide, in a variety of work and cultural contexts. The survey examined motivations for volunteering for overseas Service, experiences of preparing and…

‘It’s nice to just be you’: The influence of the employment experiences of UK military spouses during accompanied postings on well-being

Repeated military relocations (accompanied postings) can have a detrimental effect on employment and well-being among the spouses and partners of military personnel. Semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with 19 spouses of British Army/Royal Air Force personnel with recent experience of…

Military Spouse Employment: 5 Recommendations for Removing Barriers to Entrepreneurship

The purpose of this white paper is to describe some of the challenges and barriers military spouses face in starting their own businesses that were outlined in the National Military Spouse Network’s 2018 panel discussion with military spouse entrepreneurs and…

Evaluation of the Ministry of Defence Spouse Employment Support Trial

This report provides a comprehensive evaluation of the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Spouse Employment Support (SES) Trial. The Trial ran from 26th October 2015 until 30th September 2017 and incorporated spouses of personnel serving in the Royal Air Force (across…

Veterans’ Transition Review: Follow-up Report 2017

The original Veterans' Transition Review makes a number of recommendations concerning education and training, resettlement and employment, housing, health, welfare and the third sector, finance, advocacy and the Armed Forces covenant, information provision, and reservists. The report reviews the policies in…

Part-time defenders of the Realm : is the history of the Territorial Army a likely indicator of Future Reserves 2020 success?

This research investigates whether the Army Reserve (AR), the new name for the Territorial Army, can become a more integrated, more efficient, better trained, and more deployable force, as intimated by the government, than their previous incarnations. The hoped-for better-trained…

Veterans’ Transition Review: Follow-up Report 2016

The original Veterans' Transition Review makes a number of recommendations concerning education and training, resettlement and employment, housing, health, welfare and the third sector, finance, advocacy and the Armed Forces covenant, information provision, and reservists. The report reviews the policies in…

AFF 2016 How we make work ‘work’ survey

Families often tell AFF about the barriers they face when seeking employment. AFF was keen to hear from the many spouses who are making work 'work' for them and their family. AFF conducted a survey in September 2016 to gain…