Ex-servicemen: Resettlement

Defence written question – answered on 1st February 2012.

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Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Labour, Salford and Eccles

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the careers advice provided to service personnel upon the conclusion of their service.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence fully understands that making the transition from the armed forces into civilian life can be daunting and we remain committed to supporting service leavers in making this important step. Critical to this is having in place a robust and effective resettlement system that allows our service personnel to serve secure in the knowledge that they will receive professional and tailored assistance upon leaving.

To monitor the quality of the careers advice we offer our people, there are in place a number of governance procedures, through nationally recognised accreditation standards as well as internal monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. As a result, 95% of entitled service personnel who are leaving the armed forces elect to use the advice we offer them.

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