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The next mission: Inequality and service-to-civilian career transition outcomes among 50+ military leavers

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posted on 09.06.2022, 16:17 authored by Wen Wang, Matthew Bamber, Matt Flynn, John McCormack

We examine the Service-to-Civilian career transition for Military leavers aged 50 and above (50+). The exit age of our sampled group means that it is more likely that they hold senior-ranked positions across both Officer and Soldier career pathways. Despite both groups having access to similar transition opportunities and resources, we find that their work-lives are underpinned with economic, social, and structural inequality. This inequality has substantive effects on their employment transition outcomes. Our focus group data suggest that Soldiers have unequal access to formal (e.g., Career Transition Partnership programmes) and infor-mal (e.g., social networks) transition support resources compared to Officers. Employing a structural equation modelling approach to analyse 183 survey responses, we found that Soldiers are more likely to apply for, and subse-quently take, civilian work that is below their skills level. In turn, Soldiers are significantly less satisfied with their civilian work than Officers.

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Human Resource Management Journal

Publisher

Wiley

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VoR (Version of Record)

Citation

Wang, W., Bamber, M., Flynn, M., & McCormack, J. (2022) 'The next mission: Inequality and service-to-civilian career transition outcomes among 50+ military leavers',. Human Resource Management Journal, 1– 18. https://doi.org/10.1111/1748-8583.12459

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1748-8583

Cardiff Met Affiliation

  • Cardiff School of Management

Cardiff Met Authors

John McCormack

Cardiff Met Research Centre/Group

  • Welsh Centre for Business and Management Research

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en