Military Skills, and how they apply in Civvy street!!

13 September 2017

We are all aware of the 6 core values of the British Army:

  1. Loyalty
  2. Integrity
  3. Courage
  4. Discipline
  5. Respect for others
  6. Selfless Commitment


…and the The British Army’s Standards:

  • Be Lawful: Soldiers have to abide by the law of the United Kingdom as well as international law when they are on operations.
  • Behave Appropriately: Everyone in the Army is expected to keep to certain standards. That’s why misbehaviour like racism, bullying and harassment is not tolerated anywhere in the Army.
  • Be the Best: Soldiers are expected to do their jobs to the best of their ability. They should avoid excess alcohol use and misuse of drugs, and be in charge of their finances.


Within these core values and standards are specific skills like teamwork and leadership, and it is super easy to overlook just how transferable they are to civvy street. But, do not fall into this trap!!


The Armed Forces are highly skilled, trained and motivated individuals and these elements that are used in the army can be of great assistance in a multitude of different industries in civvy street, particularly if project management is a key skill. Let's take adaptability for example; all personnel need to be flexible to meet the changing needs of missions… doesn’t sound like it will help in civilian life right now? Well… being adaptable can greatly assist in dealing with surprise situations and resolving them in calm manner. Compared to someone else who isn’t ex-personnel, who may get overwhelmed by a surprise situation and struggle to find the appropriate solution, this skill will help ex-mil employees remain calm and thrive under pressure.

With your transferable skills you can literally take up a civilian career in any industry. Take, Natasha Mason; for instance she served nearly 19 years in the Royal Navy as a Leading Hand Weapons Engineer. She is now pursuing a new career in Law. According to Natasha, she

“developed strong leadership skills which I have found particularly useful in civilian life. I also held the role of Equality and Diversity Advisor, which provided me with some excellent transferable skills”.

You will definitely be able to transfer your skills into civilian life in some way shape or form but take Natasha’s advice:


“Give it time to get your CV right; don’t apply for a job with a half-hearted CV. Be yourself and don’t be afraid to aim high”