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Friday, 1 November 2019

Defence Holistic Transition Policy.

The MOD published a new policy (JSP 100) and launched a new organisation ‘Defence Transition Services’ simultaneously on 28 October 2019, to provide an additional layer of support for Service Personnel in their through-Service preparations for, and during, their transition into civilian life at the end of their Service, however long or short that may be.
The aim of JSP 100 policy is twofold:
 a.         To ensure that every Service leaver has fully considered all relevant aspects of their departure from the Armed Forces, and (if appropriate) the effect of that departure on their family; and has taken the appropriate steps to ensure that their short-term and long-term transition is as successful as possible.  This may also have the added effect of deterring some intended leavers from doing so, once they consider the scale of the difference between civilian and military lifestyles.
 b.         To ensure that the minority of Service leavers who may, for whatever reason, be less likely to make a successful transition beyond the question of employment (which is already addressed through Defence resettlement policy (JSP 534) and the Career Transition Partnership), receive appropriate support up to and beyond the moment of leaving the Armed Forces.  This support will be provided by the Chain of Command up to the moment of departure, and by the central Defence Transition Services team of dedicated caseworkers once they have formally left the Armed Forces.  Defence Transition Services will also be responsible for providing connections to external support from other Government departments and public bodies, and from trusted charities.  
JSP 100 forms the foundational document for Defence Transition Services delivery, with its processes designed to deliver the JSP’s target outcomes of successful transition for every Service leaver.  DIN 2019DIN01-145 also refers, copies should be available through Units or contact HIVE.