Are you an RAF family member or Service person wondering about leaving the RAF? Does it feel like a scary prospect? You might be asking yourself:

“What should we do first? Is it a linear process? What should I prioritise? Is it wrong to put schools at the bottom of the list after housing and a job?”
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Leaving the RAF to join civilian life

RAF Departures Guide - advice to help transition form the RAF to civilian life from the RAF Families Federation

Departures: Guide to leaving the RAF

When leaving the RAF advance planning is essential for a smooth transition into civilian life. This guide shares information and advice on leaving the RAF focusing on the needs highlighted by our RAF families and Service personnel who participated in our Transition research.

Check out the transition timeline (on page 26 and 27).

Leaving the RAF: Transition Timeline

Leaving the RAF and resettlement can seem a bit confusing. In our Departures guide we aim to get started with planning your transition to civilian life.

A really useful part of the guide is the Transition Timeline – which sets out clearly what you need to think about and when.

Download the Transition Timeline >

The families’ experience and the support they need

Our transition information was developed as a result of the Tri-Service Families Transition project, funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), which sought to better understand families’ experiences of leaving the RAF.

The report reveals the complex nature of transition and affirms the six ‘elements’ of transition: housing, health, education and children, employment, finances and wellbeing.

This infographic summarises the key findings from the report.

Tri-service families' transition survey results

Help with the six elements of Transition

When you transition from military to civilian life it is a significant life change. During the process it is important you know what support and advice is available to you ( Here we share with you the relevant information from our help pages:

Support for Service Leavers

  • Defence Transition Services  help the most vulnerable Service leavers and their families, Defence Transition Services (DTS) was launched on 1 Nov 19 to provide enhanced support to personnel leaving the military.

  • Veterans UK provides free support for veterans and their families, including a helpline and injury/bereavement compensation scheme payments, from the MOD.

  • Veterans Welfare Service (VWS) provides a professional help and advice service to veterans or anyone supporting a veteran, their families and dependants.

  • MOD Service Leaver’s Guide gives advice on a range of topics to help you plan for civilian life.

  • Office for Veterans’ Affairs is the Government department that oversees the nations provision for Veterans.

  • Veterans’ Gateway provides 24/7 support for Veterans that need help with housing, mental wellbeing, finances and more.

How we can help

We continue to represent families and service leavers in transition collecting evidence and seeking to influence policy makers and service delivery. If you face any challenges in this areas, share your experiences and issues with us.