Military Women Programme

Women Veterans: Equally valued. Equally qualified. Equally served.

Research has shown that female veterans face more barriers to employment than male veterans. Military women often step off their career pathway to accommodate changes in their personal circumstances. They also encounter challenges common among many working women including greater childcare and caring responsibilities.

In 2019 only 8% of RFEA clients were female compared to 92% male. RFEA’s Military Women Programme aims to increase the engagement of women in the veterans’ community and help them equip themselves with job-seeking skills and knowledge and access Forces-friendly employers. As a female Veteran, military spouse and mother herself, our dedicated Advisor can truly empathise to provide appropriate support.

Statistics show women are often over-skilled and underused, under-promoted and under-paid. They also experience barriers that stem from being a minority in male-dominated professions.

Military women have different aspirations, needs, values and priorities. We’re working to expand opportunities for sustainable employment to suit individual career paths and requirements, actively seeking out female-focused employment initiatives and promoting the benefits of employing female veterans.

Our Military Women programme is available to female veterans who have already left HM Armed Forces.

My Advisor has helped me rediscover my worth again professionally. I felt at ease immediately and our first contact phone call lasted for over an hour. By the end of the call I was in no doubt I had made the right choice by enquiring about the Military Women Programme. My Advisor has the ability to connect with you in a way no pure civvy advisor ever could, part big sister, part friend, part comrade, she will help you see your value and give you the mentorship to realise your skillset. I thoroughly recommend RFEA to any ex-Servicewoman and hope this programme grows and continues to help out the female veteran.

Claire Gratton, ex-RAF

RFEA’s Military Women Programme is funded by the Call of Duty Endowment.