“Life is Much Better Through the Help and Support of the OA”

Sharon served her country and always cared for people. When she died, her husband was left to raise their young son. This is his story. Wayne met Sharon in 1998 at the hospital where they both worked and were engaged within three months. Wayne, aged 49 and living in Aldershot, Hampshire, described Sharon as “extremely […]

20th November 2018

Highways England is Recruiting Former Officers

David Picton, Interim Executive Director for Commercial and Procurement at Highways England, outlines the opportunities available. Why is Highways England recruiting Service leavers? Highways England is growing because the country is undergoing its biggest ever investment in its roads. This investment delivery is in its first phase, running from 2015-2020, and will be followed by […]

12th November 2018

The First World War ended one hundred years ago, yet for many officers the challenges continued

On the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, we want to recognise both the sacrifice of those officers who died, as well as the struggles faced by officers on returning home to a changed world. Of those who survived the hardships of war, many were left without jobs or access to the financial support available to […]

9th November 2018

“The poppy is a focus for the nation on one of the darkest periods in our history”

Ahead of the Armistice centenary this Sunday, OA colleagues who have previously served in the Armed Forces share what Remembrance Day means to them. Nigel Hare Nigel is a former Royal Navy Commander and now Operations Director at the OA “The poppy is a focus for the nation on one of the darkest periods in […]

7th November 2018

Introducing Our Grants and Welfare Team

The OA Benevolence Team has been renamed Grants and Welfare to better reflect what it does. However, the purpose of the Grants and Welfare Team remains the same – supporting former officers, their families and dependants when faced with challenging times, to help make the pressures more manageable. Last year, the Grants and Welfare Team […]

18th October 2018

Don’t Miss Out on This Year’s OA Officers’ Careers Forum

Gain better knowledge, more contacts and the confidence you need to pursue your new civilian career. At the OA Officers’ Careers Forum you will discover some of the opportunities available to transitioning and former officers, and be able to connect with industry experts. We can help you better understand how to successfully apply for civilian […]

16th October 2018

BT Receives OA Employer Recognition Award

BT has been presented with the 2018 Officers’ Association (OA) Employer Recognition Award, which recognises BT’s commitment to providing veterans with sustainable employment opportunities, for example, with BT Security, and employability support through its Transition Force programme. The OA Employer Recognition Award is given to an employer who recognises and utilises the transferable skills and […]

5th October 2018

How did you decide on your career after the military? We need to know more…

Knowing where in the UK employers are recruiting and where veterans are living will be a key highlight of a study now underway to provide a comprehensive understanding of the employment landscape for Service leavers. We are asking Service leavers to contribute their views and experiences to help build a data map on which the […]

1st October 2018

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