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Fighting Fit: Getting the most out of life in the Armed Forces

We want your best tips for life in the Armed Forces

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What have you learned during your time serving that has helped improve your daily working life or your work-life balance in the Armed Forces?

Anything from day-to-day tips or life hacks you have picked up that have helped you better deal with the demands of Service, to things you have learned from experience that have helped improve your wellbeing, personal development, home life, housing or accommodation, family life, relationships and parenting. Or decisions you have made that have perhaps helped you negotiate your career during your time in the Forces?

We want to hear from you.

We will be sharing stories and other ideas plus tips and advice from you, our Armed Forces community, in a quarterly Fighting Fit newsletter - but, we want your help by telling us your best life experiences that have improved your Armed Forces life.

Our Fighting Fit series will be shared in a special edition of our Forces newsletter or in a Fighting Fit newsletter direct to your inbox that will explore many of the themes of how to make the most of your wellbeing and work/life balance in the Armed Forces.

Sign up to the Fighting Fit newsletter in the form below by entering your email address and we will send you a range of content that addresses some of these themes and ideas.

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What advice would you give to those joining now, or what would you tell your younger self if you could have your time again, from what you have learned through experience?

It could be anything from simple tips on what to watch out for when you first join up, such as making sure your bed is made before breakfast and being on time, and other daily tasks that improve your day-to-day disciplines, to experiences you have learned from that have improved your family life, home life or downtime outside of the working day.

The following articles are examples of what you can expect in the Fighting Fit newsletter.

Would you let your kids join the military?

We spoke to triple amputee and entrepreneur Mark Ormrod and asked what advice he would give to anyone wanting to join the armed forces.

Feeling homesick? Tips from personnel, veterans and spouses

How do serving personnel and their families cope with homesickness? We've gathered lots of tips and advice they would give others in the same situation.

Will being posted overseas affect my credit score?

As a member of the armed forces, what can you do to make sure lenders still see you as someone they feel confident in lending money to?

However, we want to hear your tips and advice on everything from getting the most out of Serving and day-to-day work, to experiences you have had that improved your wellbeing or your personal development – anything from tips and advice on housing and accommodation, finances, family life, parenting, or even how taking up a hobby such as joining a music group within the Forces or other special interest or sport has had a positive impact on your Service life.

What advice would you have for others?

Or it could be tips on how you have coped with deployment, homesickness, and other personal issues that come with the role of serving in the Armed Forces.

Anything that has improved your wellbeing, or made a positive difference to your life as a member of the Armed Forces.

Or tell us about a challenge you have overcome that has had a positive outcome for your life, as serving personnel, as a veteran, or as a member of a military family or as a military spouse.

What would you tell others facing a similar experience that would help them take positive steps?

We want to share your experiences as part of the new Fighting Fit series – not physically fit but a series that will explore how to stay mentally fit and lifestyle fit in military life, everything from wellbeing, finance, home life, career, and day-to-day living and working in the Armed Forces.

Anyone who has served in the Armed Forces is likely to be disciplined, have a good understanding of physical fitness and may well have a work ethic that goes above and beyond what many in the civilian world experience.

Developing ways to deal with the many challenges presented by a career in the Armed Forces, however, not just in the day-to-day routine and duties, but in maintaining a healthy work-life balance, can make all the difference in how to make the most out of a life in the military.

The Fighting Fit newsletter aims to share tips on many of these ideas, drawing from the experiences of those who have served in Britain’s Armed Forces and the wider military family, to provide guidance, tips and life hacks on developing a healthy work/life balance.

Sign up to receive a range of content, quarterly throughout the year, that addresses some of those challenges presented by life in the Armed Forces.

Share your life hacks, tips, advice, experience and life stories at: [email protected]