Forces4Change (F4C) is a Charter aimed at the Small to Medium Enterprises and Public Sector organisations who recognise the value of our service men and women and want to recruit from the ExForces talent pool with a view to securing sustainable employment for the ex Forces community.

The Charter was formally launched on 20 April 18 at Solent NHS Trust Headquarters.  See the video here:

The Charter is designed to build out a network of Commercial and Public Sector partners who recognise the generic attributes of those who have served in our Services. Those attributes are such things as, self-discipline, tenacity, task orientation, ability to work and thrive in austere working conditions, self-motivation, ability to work autonomously or as part of a wider team, to name but a few.

It is recognised that individuals who have served could bring great benefit to commercial and public sector organisations, and especially the SME community. Military training, by necessity, instils a broad skill set enabling ex Forces people to be versatile and adaptable in the commercial domain. There is also a lack of belief when this is communicated through CV and at interview. F4C seeks to address this, and make organisations aware of the intrinsic value of our Heroes.

It is also recognised that a significant percentage of the Civilian population have concerns that a substantial number leaving our Forces suffer mental health issues such as PTSD, and this is sometimes a barrier to recruitment with confidence.

Underpinning the Charter, ExForcesNet is looking to provide on-site and online training for partners to better understand the Military individual, and provide some better understanding of the realities and genuine statistics around such things as PTSD. This training will be for Management, Supervisors and Team Leaders and include all aspects and anticipated outcomes.

The organisations signing the Charter will have access to the ex-Forces Community for recruitment, support in translating CVs received from ex service personnel, and further receive a certificate confirming the signing of the charter and ability to use the F4C logo on their website and in hard copy communications.

To become an F4C Partner, organisations must be:

– Willing to provide interviews for ex Service Personnel
– Willing to recruit those that are apt for positions
– Willing to provide short term placements of 2 – 20 weeks, in the rundown leave period, such that ex Forces can gain commercial and broader public sector experience
– Provide Management and HR for training on the Military individual
– Willing to engage in the wider F4C Partner community as it grows

See the video of the Launch at Solent NHS Trust on 20 Apr 18, here.

If you are interested in becoming a Forces 4 Change Partner, then please email

To see Specimen Copy of the Forces 4 Change Charter for SME’s, click here.

To see Specimen Copy of the Forces 4 Change Charter for NHS Organisations, click here.


At what point should you start the Resettlement Process?

  • More than 2 years before you depart? (40%, 6 Votes)
  • 2 years before departure? (33%, 5 Votes)
  • Around 6 months before last day? (13%, 2 Votes)
  • 12 Months prior to departure? (13%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 15

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