Of the thousands of people who leave the Armed Forces every year around 1,000 are aged 50+ and research indicates that this group of Service Leavers face particular challenges during transition in all areas including deciding on a career, selling their experience to employers and dealing with work/life balance…

The Officers’ Association has received funding from the Forces in Mind Trust to conduct a research project to explore these challenges from the perspective of 50+ Service Leavers from all ranks and Services.

The findings of this project would be beneficial for fellow Service charities, the military and veteran community, employers and the Ministry of Defence.

The Officers’ Association is currently recruiting ex-serving personnel who were aged 50 or over at the point when they left the Armed Forces, and also from currently serving personnel who are in transition, if they will be over 50 on the date of discharge to take part in our  focus groups and surveys.

It is essential that this call reaches as many eligible Service leavers as possible to ensure that the study has a representative sample and meaningful results. Therefore, the Officers’ Association would like to appeal to all relevant organisations and individuals to promote registrations for this study at www.over50serviceleavers.org.uk