0131 550 1561 office@veteransscotland.org.uk

Transition to civilian life

There are a number of organisations and services available to assist with the transition process.

So much is done for us when we are in the Services; accommodation, meals, healthcare and tax are just a few examples.  It is only when we leave that most of us have to face for the first time problems and issues such as finding a GP, a decent school, a house and a job.  We hope that this section will give you a head start with these and other subjects in assisting you to make a successful transition.

If you in are settling in Scotland after life in the armed forces, these links will provide you with access to the organisations and information that can assist you to find a home, gain employment and settle into civil society, as well as links to sources of help and support that might be needed.

The information in this section is grouped into the five major areas that you will need to consider in order to make a successful transition:

  • Employment – Finding the right job and making best use of your skills.
  • Education – For you and your children
  • Health – Establishing yourself with a GP, Dentist and other Health issues
  • Housing – Finding your new home,
  • Welfare – The additional support you may need.

Service Leavers Guides

The service leavers guide offers information and advice prior to and after leaving regular service.

The guide contains information about armed forces pensions, resettlement, reserve liability and support from charitable organisations.

Further information and a copy of the guide is available via the link here

Support for Armed Forces leavers and veterans

Take the next step in your career

Leaving the Armed Forces is a big life change - for you, your spouse/partner and your children. As you consider your career options, it’s important to assess all the information available to get ready to face challenges and find the right job.

That’s where My World of Work comes in. We can provide information and advice to help you decide the best route for you, and how to get there.

Transition from the Armed Forces to a civilian career with our support. Register for an account and we can help you:

  1. Understand your interests, strengths and skills and how they can help with career choices
  2. Learn about the jobs and skills that are in demand
  3. Find courses, training and funding options
  4. Search and apply for a job
  5. Build a CV
  6. Prepare for interviews


Lifting the Lid on Transition Report

Within this important report there are many findings and recommendations that will be familiar to anyone with
an interest in transition from military to civilian life. Taking a holistic approach, beginning planning as early as
possible, involving the whole family. These are all aspects that have been identified as key to successful transition
in a variety of other research projects, and we should therefore not be surprised. However, this is the first time
such evidence has been collated from serving families themselves. (A Copy is available here)

Royal Marines Charity

Chief Executive – Ben Curry
The Royal Marines Charity is part of the wider Royal Marines Association network and provides support for you and your family, whatever stage you are at in your life and Royal Marines career. For help and advice please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Contact details:
RMA-The Royal Marines Charity
Commando Training Centre
Royal Marines Lympstone
Exmouth Rd
General Enquires: 023 9298 1920
Health & Wellbeing: 0800 468 1664 


Website: Home – RMA – The Royal Marines Charity (rma-trmc.org)



A world of opportunity exists for ex-Servicemen and women when they leave the Armed Forces. SaluteMyJob is a business with a social purpose that works to connect members of the Armed Forces community with the opportunities available to them.

Helping jobseekers at any stage of their military transition or career journey to plan and prepare for their next job, SaluteMyJob provides free employment-related resources, advice and training to veterans, reservists and their families. SaluteMyJob’s free online training platform, which is exclusive to the Armed Forces community, enables them to adapt or develop the skills they need to improve their competitiveness and to secure successful employment.

Alongside its career support, SaluteMyJob works with supportive employers around the UK to provide the Armed Forces community with access to relevant jobs, work placements, apprenticeships and more. These organisations and their opportunities feature in SaluteMyJob’s unique directory of Forces-friendly employers.

Register with SaluteMyJob to find out more.

Veterans Scotland

Jim Wilson – General Secretary
Tel: 0131 550 1569 Fax: 0131 557 5819 Email: gensec@veteransscotland.org.uk

New Haig House , Logie Green Road, Edinburgh EH7 4HR

Veterans Scotland’s aim is to establish cooperation and coordination between Veterans Organisations in Scotland, to act as a focal point for all matters concerning the ex-Service community within Scotland and to represent these matters to Government at all levels.