Early Service Leavers

Early service leavers (ESLs) are service men and women who have been discharged from the Armed Forces, either compulsorily or at their own request, before completing an initial four years of service.

Individuals become ESLs for many reasons, but no matter what the reason RFEA is here to support ESLs, taking an holistic and tailored approach according to the support each individual requires. We have been supporting ESLs since 2007 and in that time have helped over 6,000 into employment. RFEA provided this support initially through our Service of Care Programme and thereafter through our UK-wide Future Horizons Programme, which is now part of the Career Transition Partnership (CTP).

CTP Future Horizons has been developed in response to recognition and commitment from The Ministry of Defence to improve resettlement provision to ESLs. The programme is open to ESLs across all the services, regardless of length of service or reasons for leaving. The programme has been designed and is delivered by RFEA.

 CTP Future Horizons


“I wish I could turn back time; it has been a really difficult life change leaving the Army. However, I have started to pick myself up with the amazing support of Future Horizons. The programme organised for me to attend a residential course at college….they helped me to secure an apprenticeship and a job.

James – Early Service Leaver, Future Horizons Programme