50+ Job Seekers Guide

Our Armed Forces is a young workforce by both necessity and design and to ensure a continuous flow of new talent through the ranks, most of our senior personnel must leave by the age of 55. Finding yourself searching for your first civilian position after a lifetime of military service is a challenge we recognise.

It does not make economic or social sense to have highly skilled military personnel economically inactive when older workers are crucial to the future of the UK economy.

The Officers’ Association was therefore delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), which funded much needed research by the Centre for Research into the Older Workforce to identify the unique challenges faced by 50+ Service leavers, and ways in which employers can support them into work.

The findings of the research allowed several recommendations to be made to help overcome the barriers and challenges Service leavers face. Some of the recommendations concern organisations which support Service leavers into civilian work, but others focus on the Service leavers themselves.


Read the 50+ Job Seekers Guide


The Forces Employment Charity works closely with employers to champion the talents across the business community. We are experts in mapping military skills to in-demand roles, ensuring that employers understand how best to recruit and retain military talent. This guide aims to address some of the challenges highlighted by the research and looks at how 50+ Service leavers can best plan and prepare for a successful transition into the civilian career of their choice.



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