There has been growing interest among policy officials, charity representatives and academic experts in understanding the transition process of UK Service leavers. While recent evidence suggests that resilience is important for a successful transition, no systematic review has been undertaken on this topic before this study. FiMT commissioned RAND Europe to research whether — and how — resilience can affect individual transition pathways and outcomes for UK Service leavers.
The literature shows that supportive peer networks, satisfying employment and strong mental health can assist transition to civilian life. However, the role of resilience itself in transition is not widely discussed. Where discussed, the limited evidence suggests that resilience can both support and hinder transition experiences.