What makes leaving the armed forces different?

In many respects, a career in the armed forces is unlike all other jobs.
Military work can occupy 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and it frequently involves working, sleeping and socialising with the same people, in a ‘self-contained social world’.
With its ‘different ways of communicating and relating to others, different living arrangements, […] and different standards of behaviour, dress, and bodily comportment’, it is often described as more of a ‘life’ than a job.

Vignette

Just over a year after a diagnosis of cancer (and an associated reaction of ‘adjustment disorder with mixed anxiety and depressed mood’) the time came to hand back my Army uniform.  This was kit I had worn day in and day out for almost 20 years, and it felt like relinquishing not just a uniform, but an identity.

Critically engaging stories of military-civilian transition

Originally posted on War Stories:
In the first post to this new War Stories blog, we reflect on current stories about veterans in ‘transition’ and why these stories matter. Transition is the term which is used – usually uncritically and straightforwardly – to refer to the process by which military service members leave the armed…