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Manned security 'ideal profession for ex-forces personnel'

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) marked Remembrance Day by highlighting the career challenges faced by those leaving the armed forces, noting that the manned security industry is one profession that offers such individuals a host of opportunities. 

More than 20,000 skilled and experienced recruits leave the armed forces every single year - and it can often be challenging for them to adapt to life outside the unique structure characterised by their former profession, making transitioning to a new career difficult. 

Last year the BSIA carried out a study that revealed roles within the private security industry are highly popular among ex-forces personnel, as their skills and experience have a variety of advantages when it comes to security provision. 

A separate survey of BSIA members showed 92.6 per cent of respondents believe ex-forces personnel are suitable candidates for security roles. Among the reasons cited were considerations such as high levels of discipline, an awareness of security challenges and proficiency in dealing with conflict situations. 

Every single respondent said this kind of candidate would also transition well into a supervisory role, should they elect to do so later on in their career, while 95.7 per cent agreed that managerial roles in the manned security industry would be suitable for people with a military background.

David Duffy, managing director of the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) - the official provider of resettlement support for leavers of the armed forces - said service leavers are often keen to build on the experience they have gained throughout their military careers.

BSIA director of manpower and membership services Trevor Elliott served in the Scots Guards for ten years, including active service in the Falklands War. He explained that his own experience involved a difficult career decision when he left the armed forces, as he was not sure about what he wanted to do before committing to private security. 

"Following a lot of soul searching, a career in the security industry seemed like the logical choice for me, with a wide variety of opportunities available," he commented, adding: "Very quickly, it became obvious that by working hard, approaching work in a disciplined manner and with a willingness to learn new skill sets, I was able to progress and develop a successful second career."

"This year's Armistice Day is particularly poignant," Mr Elliott remarked, noting that 2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. He welcomed the fact that those involved in conflict in the modern day now have a wider range of options open to them when they leave active service. "I am pleased that the private security industry is playing an active part in facilitating the transition to civilian life for many of our country's brave servicemen and women," he commented. 

 

Posted by Andrew Miller

 

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