Rory Underwood to Inspire Veteran Success, M-Shed, Bristol. 6.30 – 9.30 pm

The OA is delighted to welcome Rory Underwood to meet fellow officers and their spouses as he shares with us the secrets of his success, on and off the pitch. This evening’s event, run by the Officers’ Association (OA), will see Rory offer practical advice on how to fulfil potential and achieve professional goals. Service […]

17th September 2018

International Day of Charity is the perfect opportunity to talk about our work

We know that making the decision to leave the Armed Forces is just the start of your journey, so we provide support each step of the way from employment services to welfare and grants. We understand that making the decision to leave the Armed Forces is just the start of a transition journey but it’s […]

5th September 2018

Want to Work in Finance? Apply for this Opportunity with Citi.

Three Citi employees spoke to us about the Citi Salutes Graduate Programme, and how you can prepare for a successful transition into financial services. Jack Pile, a former Army officer, is currently on the programme, while Lucy Griffiths and Jessica Plant are from Citi’s HR Team, and are responsible for recruiting veterans to the programme. […]

20th August 2018

BT Security is Recruiting Veterans

There are a range of roles available across the cyber security business. Cyber security is increasingly becoming the next career for many Service leavers. The growing industry requires people with a solid understand of security procedures and practice, who can work well under pressure, which are attributes that suit former officers. BT Security is expanding […]

9th August 2018

‘BT Security have great opportunities for veterans’ says former GCHQ Deputy Director

The OA are working closely with BT Security on a recruitment drive this summer that offers an amazing opportunity for officers looking a new career challenge after the Services. We are joined by the Global Chief Security Officer and Vice President of Cyber Security at BT Plc to give us an insight into the work […]

7th August 2018

These Employers Have Won Gold for Helping Veterans

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has recognised a record number of businesses, charities and public sector bodies which have demonstrated outstanding support for the Armed Forces community. Now in its fifth year, the MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards are for organisations that have achieved the highest level of support for Service personnel, veterans and […]

3rd August 2018

More GPs to Become ‘Veteran Friendly’

A national scheme, backed by NHS England and the Royal College of GPs, is being rolled out to improve the medical support available to former members of the Armed Forces. The Military Veteran Aware Accreditation is for GP practices offering extra support for ex-military Personnel who may face additional challenges when returning to civilian life. […]

1st August 2018

Half of Military Families Feel ‘Disadvantaged About Family Life’

According to a new Ministry of Defence (MoD) report, which surveyed more than 5,000 spouses and civil partners of regular trained Service Personnel In the UK Tri-Service Families Continuous Attitude Survey 2018, 50% of respondents said their family life was disadvantaged compared to the general public. 57% feel negatively about the amount of separation from […]

31st July 2018

Celebrating 30 Years of Military Inter-Services Triathlon

Elite teams from the Army, Royal Navy and RAF battled through scorching weather to compete in the annual OA Inter-Services Triathlon at Cotswold Water Park yesterday Competitors swam through 1.5 km of open water, cycled 41 km of tricky terrain and finished the course with a 10 km run. The high temperatures provided additional challenges. […]

26th July 2018

Amazon Supports Veteran Recruitment at Our York Event

The international brand was one of a diverse range of employers to speak at the OA Employment Symposium. Gillian Russell, Military Program Manager at Amazon EU and a former Royal Navy Logistics Officer, is passionate about recruiting people with a military background. Like the other employers who attended, Gillian discussed the opportunities available to veterans, […]

19th July 2018

Female Veterans Face Extra Barriers to Civilian Employment

Research from the Barclays AFTER (Armed Forces Transition, Employment & Resettlement) Programme shows that Service leavers often face ignorance and prejudice when job hunting, with women experiencing this to an even greater extent. On average, it takes a veteran four months to find a civilian job, rising to five months for female veterans. Upon further […]

18th July 2018

“You’re not racing for yourself but for your Service”

Commander Toby Clay, Royal Navy Triathlon Chairman, spoke to us ahead of the OA Inter-Services Triathlon. Tell us about yourself I’ve served in the Royal Navy for just over 22 years, and I am a Lynx helicopter pilot by background. I currently work in the Carrier Strike and Aviation Division of the Navy Command Headquarters. […]

16th July 2018

Army Prepares for OA Inter-Services Triathlon Success

In 2017 the Army won all three team awards, both veteran individual awards and the fastest male officer award. The Male Team Captain, Major Edd Charlton-Weedy, spoke to us about competing in the championship. How many triathlons have you competed in? I’ve honestly lost count, but over 15 years of racing I’m confident the number […]

5th July 2018

It’s Armed Forces Day this Saturday, but we’re here for officers all year round…

This weekend celebrates the contributions made by the British military, including officers. The OA continues to support the officer community, whether that is helping them to find new careers after leaving the Armed Forces or access welfare support when needed. Richard Sanders is a former Major in the Royal Logistic Corps the OA Employment Team […]

28th June 2018

Officer Champion Prepares for OA Inter-Services Triathlon

Lieutenant Henry Eaton, of 17 Port & Maritime Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, plans to build on his success from last year. What was it like to win the Officers’ Award last year? It felt great to win the Officers’ Award, but it was still second place so of course I would be keen to try […]

26th June 2018

Veterans to Compete in OA Inter-Services Triathlon

To celebrate 30 years of the championship, special veteran teams will also participate this year. The OA Inter-Services Triathlon sees some of the best athletes from across the Armed Forces push themselves to the limit in individual and team categories. Competitors will swim through 1.5 km of open water, cycle 41 km of tricky terrain […]

20th June 2018

Northern Businesses to Increase Recruitment of Veterans

Businesses across the North of England supported a Veteran Recruitment Roadshow, with over 40 businesses of all sizes from across the region attending to learn more about how they could tap into the veteran talent pool. The event was hosted by Deloitte, The Drive Project and veterans’ charity the Officers’ Association at Virgin Money in […]

18th June 2018

Rory Underwood to Inspire Veteran Success at OA Bristol Networking Event

The former England rugby star and RAF officer will share his career journey and insight with serving and former officers. Rory Underwood MBE is a legendary international rugby player, scoring a record 49 tries for England, winning six caps for the British Lions and playing at Leicester Tigers for 14 years. He also spent 18 […]

12th June 2018

Discover the Right Mind-Set for your Transition Journey at OA Employment Symposium in York

Business Psychologist, Carol Brooks, will share how best to prepare for a successful transition. In her keynote speech at our flagship career event in the North, Carol will discuss the psychological strategies you can adopt for your new career after leaving the Armed Forces. She will focus on the importance of building personal resilience through […]

4th June 2018

OA Sponsored Navy Cricket Team has Good Start to Season

The Royal Navy Women’s Cricket Club (RNWCC) was runner-up in its first tournament of the year. The cricket team, sponsored by the OA, recently competed in the Watsonian Cricket Festival, in Edinburgh. The friendly competition was the first outdoor cricket fixture this season for all clubs involved. The weather was unusually fine, and it was […]

24th May 2018