The transition from soldier to civilian
Firstly, we would like to thank you for investing your time into ‘Soldier to Civi’, we appreciate your support.
Let us tell you about the history of Soldier to Civi
Soldier to Civi was founded by Jamie R Kennedy in October 2016 to share his personal experience of the transition from soldier to civilian. Every week since and to this day, Jamie continues to publish a blog sharing the stories of fellow veterans and their transition from soldier to civilian, hence the name Soldier to Civi.
Within a matter of months, Soldier to Civi developed a highly devoted team and branched out to Facebook in order to create a private networking group for veterans called ‘Soldier to Civi – The Veteran’s Network’.
The Soldier to Civi team didn’t realise it at the time but this private networking group of two thousand plus veterans on Facebook soon became the foundations for
‘The Veteran’s Network‘.
The Veterans Network was launched by Soldier to Civi on the 8th of September 2017 to provide a stable online platform for Veterans and service personnel to network, research, and share advice.
Our goal is for The Veterans Network to be the first point of contact for any Veteran seeking help or advice throughout and after leaving Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.
We are currently supporting Veteran established businesses with our free business directory. We aim to advertise this throughout the United Kingdom so that local people can find a Veteran owned business for any job they need completing.
It is our vision to provide a stable platform for all veterans to network within the United Kingdom. Our vision will prevent veterans from feeling unsupported, withdrawn and isolated from society.
It is our mission to provide a stable and reliable support network for veterans.
Soldier to Civi takes great pride in adhering to a set of core values which are promoted within our network. These are the following;
- Empathy – We recognise and share the feelings of other veterans.
- Integrity – We prioritise the veteran’s needs while maintaining the honest morals of our mission.
- Non-Judgemental – We listen to veterans with an open mind, avoiding a negative view and opinion.
- Loyalty – We will be faithful and consistent with our support for veterans
- Pride – We are proud to have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and we recognise the qualities that veterans possess.
- Courage – We recognise the courage required by veterans to seek support from others.
- Transparency – We understand the importance of maintaining an honest relationship with veterans to avoid a breakdown in team cohesion.
I served with the 1st Battalion of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment from 2006 to 2012, operating on deployments in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
I originally founded Soldier To Civi because I wanted to share my experience of the transition from soldier to civilian with other veterans. I publish a blog every Saturday sharing the experience of veterans and their transition to civilian life.
Since October 2016, Soldier to Civi has grown, adapted and developed rapidly due to the kind support from the general public and other fellow veterans.
“Research, Network & Invest”
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I have served in Her Majesties Armed Forces for eleven years, regular and reserve. I began my career with the 1st Battalion of the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment and I am now a qualified lecturer at Eastleigh College teaching Uniformed Public Services and Criminology.
I am extremely proud to be the co-founder of ‘Soldier to Civi’. My vision is for the organisation to become a national hub for veterans to support other veterans and deter those individuals having an unfavourable transition.
I believe the best people are those who have walked in those shoes and nobody should ever feel alone.
“This is your network
I served in the British Army for just under Six years with the 1st Battalion Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, deploying on a variety of operational tours during my career including Iraq and Afghanistan. My last deployment was on operation ‘Olympics’ before starting my new life as a civilian in December 2012.
I now work for North Air at Gatwick Airport supplying and delivering fuel to various airlines, but it wasn’t an easy transition for me. I didn’t use my resettlement time to my advantage when leaving the forces, in fact, I did what most veterans probably do and made the most of my free time thinking about how my life could be better after leaving the Army.
After a couple of months of looking for employment, I realised I was on my own and that most of the advice I had received prior to leaving was basically useless.
I first contacted Jamie about joining the Soldier to Civi team in January 2017 because I wanted to help and educate other veterans before they make the transition to civilian life and to prevent them from making the same mistakes I made.
I’m proud to be a part of the team at Soldier to Civi and very much looking forward to seeing where the ‘Veteran’s Network’ takes us in the future.
“No one is more qualified to advise a veteran than a veteran“.
We would like to invite all veterans to ‘The Veteran’s Network’
where veterans support veterans.