I left the R. Signals last July and now have the job i wanted working in Social Services. I thought i would post some tips that eased my transition. Whilst in study towards a degree, i did mine with the OU and took full advantage of the Standard Learning Credits and Enhanced Learning Credits. You will be supprised how this opens doors and is becoming the min. standard for some jobs. Do voluntary work. i did mine with the Royal British Legion as a caseworker. It not only opened my eyes to outside but secured me one of the references i needed. It helped also with the application/interview process. Make a plan i started mine with five years left to do. It gave me a framework to work towards and enabled me use my resettlement entitlement wisely and also took away some of the stress of leaving (if you plan your resettlemnt well also use that as an example at the application/interview) Be selfish in your last two years it is pay back time for the commitment you gave the system. Hope this helps someone.