Just as joining the Royal Navy is a big step, so is returning to civilian life – but with the right guidance and support, you can overcome any challenges and make the most of your new opportunities.

Preparing for civilian life

Transitioning from life in the Royal Navy is a something that should be approached as a family, because spouses, partners and children are as much part of the Service community as the actual Service leaver.

Leaving the Royal Navy can be a successful and smooth process, but preparation is key.

The earlier you start planning, the better.

That means exploring everything from the career you want to pursue to where you’re going to live.


Key things to consider

Emily, 32

Spouse of Service Leaver

Moving back into civilian life is a real undertaking, so you shouldn't be afraid to plan years in advance. There's also a lot of help available from different organisations and initiatives, which can make the process much easier.

Naval Families Federation

The Naval Families Federation is dedicated to speaking up for Royal Navy families, which is why it offers a number of valuable resources, so you can thrive in your chosen community and improve your quality of life.  

Phone: 02392 654374

Email: [email protected]

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Families transition guide

Discover all the advice, guidance and support that's available to Royal Navy families transitioning to civilian life and understand all the specialist tools that will help you plan. 

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Lifting the lid on transition 

This report, which was funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), is designed to raise awareness of the demands transitioning places on Royal Navy Families. 

Read report