Future proofing your family

Future proofing your family

As the old saying goes: proper planning and preparation prevents poor performance – the six Ps (yes, there are actually seven, but let’s keep it clean!).

In a two-year study commissioned by the Forces in Mind Trust, AFF has learned so much about the changes needed to properly support those leaving the Army, otherwise known as ‘transition’.

What comes next?

So, over to you… where are you up to in your civvy street planning?

What happens when military housing isn’t an option? What happens when the civvy street bills are more than you bargained for? What happens when the focus shifts and you don’t have to go where the Army sends you any longer?

Not got it all figured out yet? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, what our research revealed was the need for a much wider culture shift – not just from families and soldiers, but also policy makers and service providers too. And the first step in this shift is to make ‘transition’ something we all think about, from the day your soldier first dons the uniform until the day the boot polish stains your carpet for the last time.

“What happens when military housing isn’t an option? What happens when the civvy street bills are more than you bargained for? What happens when you don’t have to go where the Army sends you?”

Knowing what you don’t know

Of course, proper support is needed for families to make this happen. For example, ask yourself what support you know of at this moment that you could tap into. Struggling? Some of you will be and, of course, others won’t, but what’s important is ensuring the information and guidance you need exists and is easily accessible as and when you choose to look for it.

There is no escaping the fact that more needs to be done and this latest in-depth research, conducted with families and those working with them, strengthens the case for improvements that could lead to a more successful civilian life for more families.

Got some spare time? Read a short article on the outcome of the report, here, or check out pages 26/27 of the new edition of Army&You magazine – out now – featuring families at various stages of their transition journey.

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