When soldiers leave the armed forces, they can often find themselves lacking some of the key skills required to succeed in civilian life. For all that military life instils some fantastic personality traits – such as discipline, leadership, and so on – veterans can find themselves without the means to really get on in today’s digital world, and in the contemporary workforce.
This is where organisations come in, who – whether businesses or charities – will help those leaving the armed forces behind to find the dignity and happiness they deserve. This dignity comes from a sense of self-worth, and from knowing that what you are doing has value and worth to the community at large – and one organisation that is helping veterans find these often-elusive feelings is the Officers’ Association.
The Officers’ Association was set up in 1920 by Earl and Countess Haig, with the assistance of Marshal of the RAF Viscount Trenchard and Admiral of the Fleet Earl Beatty. It was created in order to assist those demobilising after the First World war to reintegrate back into civilian life, and to find worthwhile work in order that they could support themselves and their families. The Officers’ Association has long had close ties with the Royal British Legion, and for decades the two groups have worked tirelessly to support veterans and their loved ones in this country.
The Officers’ Association is effectively a one-stop-shop for those looking to transition from the armed forces back into civilian life. It offers support with everything from accommodation, help and advice, and financial assistance. Of course, the key aspect the Officers’ Association focuses upon is employment and specifically upon providing assistance for those seeking to find employment commensurate with their aptitudes and abilities.
It does this by offering tailored support to veterans including advice regarding different sectors of the workforce, CV and references assistance, personal one-to-one guidance, as well as access to internally-advertised job roles on their Executive Jobs Board. There is even a specially-created veterans support network, putting veterans in touch with others in the same position as them, so those leaving the armed forces don’t have to face the task of returning to civilian life alone.