Lifting the lid on transition

More than 9,000 people leave the Army each year and when a soldier transitions, you transition too. It can affect every aspect of family life, from housing and healthcare to education and employment, but how mu...

Working on your wellbeing

Army life can seem like an endurance test, particularly if you’re new to it, so looking after your mental health is key. Jill Misson reports… WELL, you must have known what you were letting yourself in for...

Against the odds

ARMY wife and mum-of-two Jacqui Ponde was a primary school teacher but nine years ago whilst on a posting in Bovington, her life changed dramatically. “On the 8 August 2009 I fell down the stairs, breaking my...

Turning passion into profit

Running your own business is hard work, time-consuming and sometimes risky, but it can also give you flexibility, fulfilment and independence. So how do you create a company and how do you make it pay? We spoke...

The cost of serving

Foreign & Commonwealth soldiers must earn a specific amount of money before they can bring their family to the UK – families must then apply to remain here permanently. Understanding these requirements and ...

It pays to talk

Money can’t buy you happiness, but when the sums don’t add up it can make you miserable. From tackling debt to planning for life after the Army, talking about your finances can reap rewards. Jill Misson reports...

Lyla’s journey

Army life can be tough at the best of times, but how do you cope as a family if your child is sick with a serious illness? Soldier Paul O’Donovan and his wife Kirsty are doing just that with their five-year-old...

Jewels on the move

Army wife Fiona Dowling believes you can make jewellery anywhere as long as you have the tools and materials. In fact, she started her business, Jewellery Moves, in Cyprus by running workshops on the beach. She...

The F-word

If you had to pick one word to describe your soldier’s job, it probably wouldn’t be “flexible”. Families fit around an unpredictable schedule with early starts and late nights, lost weekends and long spells of ...

Striking a balance

When Regimental Medical Officer Maj Mike Claydon heard about the Flexible Duties Trial, he felt it would be an ideal solution to ease the pressure of Army life on his young family. The trial is the forerunner t...