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.
Graham explains his motivation for researching military to civilian transition and indicates what this research reveals. https://youtu.be/KIDgsg5zC50
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.