Lifting our Sights

Full Report

May 2021

Lifting Our Sights Beyond 2030: The impact of future trends on the transition of our Armed Forces Community from military to civilian life.

This report strives to shine a light on the changing nature of UK society, and identify the trends that are likely to be most relevant to those members of the Armed Forces who will undergo transition over the next decade. As the UK adapts a post-Covid, post-Brexit world, what will the realities of the economic, social and political shifts be, and how will they impact the Armed Forces, their role, their purpose and their place in the national consciousness? Furthermore, as society changes and the nature of military service evolves, what is the best way to support transitioning Service men and women so that they can continue to make active and positive contributions to society? What changes to current policy should be made to facilitate this, how should these be delivered and what will be the impact on the lives of transitioning personnel and their families?

Ethnographic Report

May 2021

Lifting Our Sights: The Transition Journey.

This document presents the findings of the ethnographic research component of the wider ‘Lifting Our Sights’ foresight programme exploring future trends and their impacts on ex-Service personnel going through their transition back into civilian life. The research involved the collection of detailed narrative accounts from thirty ex-Service personnel, alongside more quantified findings that came from a question set respondents were asked to complete alongside their narratives. The primary output of the research was an archetypal Transition Journey model. However, since the construction of this model involved detailed analysis of the stories provided, other key findings were also identified.

Initial Perspective

17 AUGUST 2020

Lifting Our Sights: Beyond 2030 – the impact of future trends on the transition of our Armed Forces Community from military to civilian life.

This is an initial perspective, summarising the first phase of the discussion and is based on views gained from 45 expert interviews. It begins with a summary of the macro societal shifts that are taking place. It goes on to look at some national shifts likely to take place over the next decade, considers some trends affecting the Armed Forces Community as a whole, then focuses on those that may impact the charity sector that has developed around it.