Recent Blog Posts

Date Posted: Wednesday, 22 August 2018 @ 10:57
OK so thetitle is a bit far fetched, but from the start of my military service inSeptember 1968, when I joined the Junior Leaders Regiment Royal Artillery,right through to the day I was finally discharged, my hearing was being damagedthroughout.  I remember well beingmeasured for my little pink plastic ‘ear defenders’, there we were lined upoutside the medical centre and along came the Army’s highly trained‘audiologist’ looking in each ear as he passed down the....
Date Posted: Thursday, 19 July 2018 @ 13:26
As an Administrative Assistant at the British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) - a Social Enterprise created to help the Armed Forces Community with their transition into civilian life – Natasha Hope feels she has found her niche at work.Natasha (18) from Nuneaton, says she has “moderate learning difficulties”, but since she started working for BFRS as an apprentice two months ago, she has grown in confidence. Natasha loves her new job, which includes inputting dat....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 17 July 2018 @ 13:34
On the 29th June 2018 I finally got my graduation for my Social Media and Digital Marketing course.I just want to say a big thank you to British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) and 3aaa's Apprenticeships for getting me through the course.It wasn't easy, and there was even times I just wanted to give up. But it's now all become worth it. Since complete the first course, it inspired me to move on to a Business Administration course and I have even considered doing the next level for Social Med....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 17 July 2018 @ 13:05
The BFRS Team beat the Beast from the East and now they have taken on the wolf run!On the 3rd June; Rob, Amanda, Alisha, Jay, Robbie and Danielle took part in the Wolf Run Challenge at Stanford Hall, Leicestershire to raise money for SSAFA. The Wolf Run is a 10k obstacle run which includes intricate trails, lakes, streams and man-made structures.The team raised £521 so far, however the JustGiving page is still open to anyone who would like to donate... https://www.justgiving.com/fundraisin....
Date Posted: Friday, 6 July 2018 @ 08:33
Thursday 5thJuly 2018: The inaugural intake ofservice leavers and veterans to graduate from the Forces Media Academy havebeen congratulated by The Duke of York at a graduation ceremony earlier today.The Forces Media Academyoffers service veterans the opportunity to study for a Higher NationalCertificate qualification in Creative Media Production, to gain access to anindustry where historically people with a military background have beenunder-represented. The Services Sound &Vision Corporatio....
Date Posted: Monday, 11 June 2018 @ 13:34
The BFRS team put themselves to the test, when they took on The Wolf Run on the 3rd June 2018, the demanding test of mental and physical endurance took place at Stanford Hall in Leicestershire, a fantastic area where wild springs and dense woodland makes the course both beautiful and challenging.      Intricate trails, lakes and streams are combined with impressive man made structures to provide a tough full body work out, so who had a brief moment of insanity and committed the....
Date Posted: Monday, 30 April 2018 @ 15:21
The BFRS team are doing the Summer Wolf Run for SSAFA because they are a great charity who help the AFC.The BFRS Team are putting themselves to the test, they’retaking on the Wolf Run Challenge on 3rd June 2018, this demandingtest of mental and physical endurance will take place at Stanford Hall inLeicestershire, a fantastic area where wild springs and dense woodland makethis course both beautiful and challenging.​ Intricate trails, lakes and streams are combined withimpress....
Date Posted: Thursday, 12 April 2018 @ 13:12
Reward for Forces are offering an offer for a 2 night stay at the 4* Crowne Plaza Royal Terrace.Since it first took place in 1950 over 12 million people have travelled to Edinburgh to see the spectacular that is the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Set against the magnificent backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, the Tattoo has an electric atmosphere, buzzing with visitors from across the globe all there to take part in this momentous event. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Crowne Plaza Royal Terrace ....
Date Posted: Wednesday, 4 April 2018 @ 09:55
"For many, the transition from military service into civilian life represents one of the most significant changes an individual and their family will ever experience. It is right that, as a Department, we provide as comprehensive a resettlement offers as possible, and I am proud of the work that we do, with partners such as the British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) organisation, to support our remarkable veterans and their loved ones." Lieutenant General Richard Nugee CVO CBE, Chief o....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 20 March 2018 @ 12:50
3rg Security - Close Protection Feedback"3rg Security are a fantastic company. During my time in the military I have attended plenty of course. I would suggest that this one was one of the best I have ever attended." B A"The instructors and staff were extremely knowledgeable and helpful throughout and delivered the content professionally at all times. If there were skills or content that I was unsure of they made it a priority to help me understand and implement the information during the variou....
Date Posted: Thursday, 8 March 2018 @ 13:13
 What kind of Veteran do you want to be?In my line of work I come across many transitioning and former service people and I am struck by how differently people 'identify' with their former lives.When I was a lad there were still lots of WW2 veterans around, mostly in their 50s-70s, and the only time you knew who they were was on Remembrance Day when they would pin on their medals and march (smartly) from the church to the war memorial before retiring to the Legion for a few pints. For ....
Date Posted: Thursday, 8 March 2018 @ 12:47
What is your background Danielle?I started my career within sales, recruitment specifically. I worked for Vodafone. I was made redundant then went to work for an agency that recruited for various large organisations. Disney was one of them, they were a really cool client. I then went onto work within an agency for the charity sector. I was recruiting people that were of the charity ilk, so that made a big difference as to the type of people I was recruiting.I did that for 5 years, then I realise....
Date Posted: Thursday, 8 February 2018 @ 14:18
MASSIVE NEWS!!!We are absolutely stoked to officially announce that we will be rowing with Rannoch Adventure! Our boat is under construction with them down in Essex and will be ready for the summer. We couldn’t be in better hands!! A massive thank you to all our amazing sponsors who’ve got us this far.. THANK YOU​     To be a part of Row4Victory's story or even donate and help them get there, click here...     Row4Victory's Sponsors so far... Barke....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 30 January 2018 @ 13:36
My First Road TripMy first road trip with Complete Training Solutions @ The BFRS National Employment & Careers fair in Aldershot.   Last week I was lucky enough to exhibit at my first Careers fair along with the expert resettlement team from Complete Training Solutions. I was so excited on the trip down for my first Careers fair that I didn't stop talking, at the expense of my team's ears. Just in case you are reading this and are a ELCAS, CTS and BFRS novice here's a heads up to kee....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 30 January 2018 @ 10:58
Team Row4Victory are four fearless friends from Yorkshire who will be putting their physical and mental strength to the test when they row 3,000 nautical miles across the ocean in aid of the Royal British Legion and in commemoration of the 100 years since the end of the Great War, in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge 2018. The team unites Royal Engineer (Sapper Duncan Roy), former Royal Marine (Lance Corporal Glyn Sadler), their civilian Skipper (Will Quarmby) and a serving Airman in ....
Date Posted: Monday, 29 January 2018 @ 14:48
As an emerging and rapidly growing Enforcement and Security Company, it is vital that our two Director’s micro-manage their time effectively.  Their roles are convoluted and require dedication to deliver the constant needs of our growth strategy to ensure we: apply consistent and timely service to our valued clients; manage our existing team; continually grow the team with new, high calibre, personnel;generate a constant stream of new clients.A pretty tall task for any business owner....
Date Posted: Monday, 22 January 2018 @ 10:25
How did you find being an Army wife Amanda?It had 2 sides, sometimes it was hard, because you had to do what you were told or you would get into trouble. If you had a rant on Facebook about your husband's boss, you had them calling you telling you to get rid of it, i did that once. Got into trouble. Was actually quite funny. I made some amazing friends that are like close family. You are closer to them than you are your friends on Civvy st because, your husbands are all in the same job, you all ....
Date Posted: Friday, 15 December 2017 @ 12:53
 Whilst the 2017 flotilla got started for this year’s TaliskerWhisky Atlantic Challenge, Fraser had the absolute pleasure to spend a day inthe company of British Rowing’s Master Coach, Eric Kent, on the Go Row IndoorWorkshop. It was a brilliant opportunity to get some top level techniquepointers and a great insight in to running a circuit training session for agroup on the Concept 2 rowing machines. The group also learned how to teach proper form and techniqueto newbies as ....
Date Posted: Thursday, 14 December 2017 @ 16:17
Twas the night before Christmas, he lived not alone,In a bombed-out house made of mud & stone.I had come down the chimney with presents to give and to see just who in this home did live.I looked all about a strange sight I did see, no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.No stocking by the fire, just boots filled with sand, on the wall hung webbing and rifles in hands.No medals or badges, awards of all kind a sober thought came through my mind.For this house was different, so dark and dreary....
Date Posted: Wednesday, 13 December 2017 @ 15:42
I arrived in Israel in the early hours of the morning and instantly fell in love with the country. I stopped for a coffee in the airport and watched the world go by before heading to Abraham Hostel in the centre of Jerusalem. I unpacked and headed straight to a tour of Jerusalem with our guide Yan, a fascinating city steeped in history with so much to do and see.Everyone said to me "you're volunteering, you have to do it properly and stay in a shared hostel". My first night didn't start off too ....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 12 December 2017 @ 15:43
Military Service QuestionnaireAbout five years ago, I started to become aware of a very special generation of British Army Soldiers. Those who joined up in the late 1980's and then served a full 22 year career, did so during an unprecedented time in history. After the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, most of those in the military (author included) wondered, "What's next?".As the perceived threat from Communist Russia seemed to fade away and politicians talked of a 'peace dividend', young men just ....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 28 November 2017 @ 15:58
Win a FREE Elliot Brown Watch! These award-winning watches shrug offharsh elements and are relied upon for ocean crossings, mountain rescues, andjust about any kind of extreme or arduous adventure. A perfect watch foranyone, any job in the forces, or any function in the mess.Answer this one question...Each watch must pass a rigorous testing regime includingimmersion in water, what depth are they tested at?​Submit your answer via email toinfo@bfrss.org.uk for your chance to win one of the fantast....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 14 November 2017 @ 08:03
It's been a busy old weekend for the Team this weekend.07:30hrs Friday morning saw Fraser braving the cold to start his first hour of the day on the Erg and ultimately managed to rack up a healthy 50 plus KM rowing 1 hour on 1 hour off for the next 8 hours. The brilliant volunteers from all around RAF Linton on Ouse managed to amass a total of over 128 KM rowed and £150 towards the campaign.We would love to give our thanks to all those who came over to offer their support and encouragement....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 7 November 2017 @ 14:37
Row4Victory - The Rannoch Open WeeSunday getting the team to the Rannoch open day was a mission! Dunc had to make the trip from North Devon to the Essex coast, Glyn and Will made the trip from North Yorkshire whilst Fraser had an ‘8 hour epic’ getting there via North Wales, so we did the only sensible thing we could… 4 hour team bonding session in a Jacuzzi at the amazing Creeksea Place Barns Gym.​ It was an early start Monday morning straight over to Rannoch Adventure as....
Date Posted: Monday, 16 October 2017 @ 11:55
Be part of a fun campaign this festive season toensure our wounded ex-servicemen and women don’t spend another Christmas apartfrom their loved ones. Military charity Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) supported 1,180 ex-servicemen and women in 2016, an increase of 97% on the previous year. WWTW hoping to raise vital funds this Christmas for our wounded ex-servicemen and women. Those who sign up to the Christmas appeal will be supporting our wounded as well as reducing their own risk of d....
Date Posted: Monday, 9 October 2017 @ 12:12
BFRS have put together their Top 10 reasons to employ the Armed Forces. We will be sharing some valuable tips and hints on howto personally develop yourself to secure your dream job.Reason 1 & 2Leadership & Team Player​:The military trains people to lead by example as wellas through direction, motivation and inspiration. Ex-military personnel knowthat taking risks, stepping outside their comfort zones, and coming up withcreative ideas is what it’ll take to be a great team player. T....
Date Posted: Friday, 6 October 2017 @ 08:20
Afterfinishing his GCSEs Chris Norrisdecided going down the university route wasn’t to his taste so instead turnedhis pub restaurant summer job into a full-blown career. He climbedthe ladder at pub chain Whitbread working all over the UK before reaching theposition of general manager, but after eight years Chris decided it was a timefor a change and a new job back home in Newton Abbot, Devon. “I wanted tomove back to Devon with my girlfriend and have a better work/life bala....
Date Posted: Wednesday, 4 October 2017 @ 14:01
LifeWorks is a FULLY FUNDED 5 day course which equips ex-Armed Forces personnel with the tools to get into and maintain a civilian job that is appropriate for them.LifeWorks is available to anyone who has been in the Armed Forces, regardless of when and how long they served for.LifeWorks is run by Royal British Legion Industries and is for ex-Armed Forces personnel. Royal British Legion Industries is a national charity who have been providing care, support and employment to the Armed Forces Comm....
Date Posted: Monday, 11 September 2017 @ 12:12
It is nearly the 1st anniversary of my friend that passed away. She was a wife, a mum, a sister, daughter. She was called Kiley Atkinson (Smith) and we first met on that very first day of basic training, we clicked straight away due to both of us being from the North East. We went through basic training together, then we went onto trade training together and then we both got our first posting together to 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in Celle Germany. I couldn't have been ha....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 29 August 2017 @ 15:21
This week’s blog is about Lee Kennedy and how he went from Paratrooper to Entrupuner, Lee wrote this piece for his Linkedin page but when I read it I just knew I had to ask him if I could put it in my blog. I think when you have finished reading it you will agree with me that this is a true story of grit and determination to make his life for him and his family a great success. He talks openly about the struggles he faced when he left the forces to get to where he is now. I was lookin....
Date Posted: Thursday, 24 August 2017 @ 14:29
British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) are proud to announce they have been awarded a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award, for the commitment we have demonstrated in supporting the Armed Forces Community. The Fred Sherwood Group based in Shepshed, Armourgeddon Ltd of Lutterworth and the British Forces Resettlement Services in Leicester each employ either military service leavers or spouses of military families and each understand the valuable contribution that those ....
Date Posted: Monday, 14 August 2017 @ 15:04
My TransitionNeil Dean served in the Royal Artillery for 15 years, as a Command Post Detachment Commander. He served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq and various other places around the world.Why did you join the ArmyI grew up listening to my fathers and grandfathers' stories, I knew early on that it would also be a part of my​ life. It seemed like it would also be a part of my life. It seemed like it would be an adventure, that would provide me with a different challeng....
Date Posted: Monday, 14 August 2017 @ 14:58
I'm Robbie Watson; I served with 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment and 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment respectively. I joined January 2011 and left April 2016. I was a Section Commander and a Warrior Commander. How did you find your transition?I personally really struggled with the transition. I was too focused on trying to match my wages, rather than find something I would enjoy. I started working for YODEL as a delivery driver, I worked out after 6 weeks that it wasn't for me. I ....
Date Posted: Thursday, 3 August 2017 @ 07:47
Hire a Hero Career Coach Course20th July 2017 I attended a 1-day course that I have been looking forward too for quite a while. The course was a volunteer Career Coach for a great little charity that helps service leavers transition into civilian street. The role of career coach is a  role that I can not wait to start. You see Hire a Hero helped me back in October 2013 when I left the Army after 12 years of service. I turned to them for help, I stumbled across them via google. I sent an ema....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 6 June 2017 @ 09:08
One of the ladies I work with is ex RAF. we have spoken a lot about our transition and how we both found it. It was interesting to hear her experience, especially as the Army always think the RAF get looked after better. So I asked her if she would mind writing a blog for me on how why she left the RAF after 19 years and how she found the transition. It was interesting to see that we both felt let down by CTW/CTP and there is no real support for service leavers from them. We both went through th....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 30 May 2017 @ 15:47
My Transition"Living the life of an 'Army Brat' has its ups and downs. You make many amazing friends that become your family, they understand everything you're going through; these friends can also be taken away from you so quickly."When your parents are in the Army you are moved around quite regularly. This made it extremely difficult for me to make friends. I was always waiting for the moment I had to say goodbye to them, because either one of us would move away. The friends you do make s....
Date Posted: Wednesday, 24 May 2017 @ 16:00
Since leaving the Army I have had a lot of people message me saying that they are leaving the Army or thinking of leaving and what advice can I can give them. So I thought I would put my advice in a blog so anyone who is leaving or thinking of leaving this may just help.When I started the process of leaving the Army, the first thing I did was contact the local Career Transition Workshop. They are part of CTP, The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) is a partnering agreement between the Ministry ....
Date Posted: Thursday, 4 May 2017 @ 08:41
Being social when leaving the forces, is an important part of your job search strategy and therefore should be integrated into your processes.        We use social media in our personal lives on a day to day basis. Checking and updating Facebook, following on Twitter.The world is changing at a speed so fast that for most it’s hard to keep up. Social media technologies take on many different forms other than Facebook and Twitter, they include mag....
Date Posted: Wednesday, 3 May 2017 @ 14:10
Employers will not hire Veterans, employers hire well prepared candidates, who add value to their company.More and more companies are committed to hiring people from the Armed Forces Community (AFC). This doesn’t provide the AFC with an advantage over other candidates applying for the same job, it does mean you are going to get the same opportunity, go through the same application process.In the Forces we are provided with the same training and it’s natural for some to succeed better....