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1 Translating cultures: ex- military actors in development Nina Laurie School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University

2 Testimony: Ex UK army lower ranks And when people leave the military, they get re- settlement packages, in which you go and see the education officer, and you get quite a lot of money, youre entitled to about £4000 to take your skills in the direction in which you want to go. … I mean, if you look at the bulk of the military in terms of numbers, and the proportion of people who could potentially be going into development, I mean youre colonels are very small in that role. Not that they cant have a bigger impact, but...

3 Army life has changed theres also an increasing number of people leaving the military, because of the high tempo of operations, people dont want to do four tours of Afghanistan. People are leaving after four or eight years because of that reason. I think thats a key part of this reassessment that is being missed, is the potential for those skills to be recognised when they leave the military. ( Ex UK marine, mid 20s ) theres also an increasing number of people leaving the military, because of the high tempo of operations, people dont want to do four tours of Afghanistan. People are leaving after four or eight years because of that reason. I think thats a key part of this reassessment that is being missed, is the potential for those skills to be recognised when they leave the military. ( Ex UK marine, mid 20s )

4 Kasanka Trust http://www.civvystreet.org /tabid/753/default.aspx http://www.civvystreet.org /tabid/753/default.aspx Ex-Mil Recruitment Ltd Role Description for Workshop Supervisor/Trainer Status: Full time skilled volunteer Duration: 6 to 12 months Reporting to: Kasanka Trust General Manager Location: Wasa Camp, Kasanka National Park, Zambia Role To be responsible for the mentoring and supervision of workshop and infrastructure maintenance staff at Kasanka and Lavushi Manda National Parks, Zambia.

5 Security knowledge and development There is kind of an assumption that ex-military going into development go there because they already have a skill set, and that skill set is the security side. Development needs both skill sets, and thats why were there, not just because of what we know, but because we can hand this over. ( British ex army now in development consulting [mid 60s ]) Speaking as ex Risk Assessment Advisor for [large INGO]; my perception [of] why they hired me as ex-military was a) their financial restrictions of security officers…so they were looking for someone that was flexible, and [used to] being chucked around the place) the perception also from the developers...we got a crisis situation, we got X coming in, hes ex military, everything will be okay. ( Ex European army, mid 40s)

6 Rank and doors opening If I say Im a Major, and I go for a meeting with the South Sudanese government, and I must say, it opens a vast number of doors. ( Ex Army, then TA now running own grassroots NGO with southern partners [mid 40s])

7 More than military knowledge – two stories I started training with the marines when I was still 17...... Even as late as waiting to fly back from Afghanistan, I wanted to have something planned...so I was just going through all the websites and trying to get to the bottom of what these different agencies do...Out of that, I clarified that I wanted to do the more humanitarian stuff, and that I would be a lot more effective if I knew more about this, and so then started looking for courses. I started training with the marines when I was still 17...... Even as late as waiting to fly back from Afghanistan, I wanted to have something planned...so I was just going through all the websites and trying to get to the bottom of what these different agencies do...Out of that, I clarified that I wanted to do the more humanitarian stuff, and that I would be a lot more effective if I knew more about this, and so then started looking for courses. (Ex UK marine, mid 20s) I think that being in the military gives you an awareness, it gives you an understanding of what the issues are out there, and military people do seem to have this kind of desire to see a better world. A desire not necessarily to work to the bottom line, but to something thats bigger than themselves. You join the army, dont you, and its bigger than you. So, you want to be part of something bigger. But you do need, to be a rounded development person, you need other skills, I think, other than just the security side of things. I think that being in the military gives you an awareness, it gives you an understanding of what the issues are out there, and military people do seem to have this kind of desire to see a better world. A desire not necessarily to work to the bottom line, but to something thats bigger than themselves. You join the army, dont you, and its bigger than you. So, you want to be part of something bigger. But you do need, to be a rounded development person, you need other skills, I think, other than just the security side of things. (Ex Army, then TA now running own grassroots NGO with southern partners [mid 40s])

8 Military complex memory and careers: more than UK militaries and more than service personnel There was a J-9 cell, which was really supposed to work out the problem and what to do about it. It employed an awful lot of Afghans, whod come to the state during the soviet era, and been employed by USAID, and then come back to Afghanistan to help their country. But again, it was not really clear what they were trying to achieve, there was almost a sense of - not directionless, quite - but just weve been given all this money - what do we do with it? We know we need to spend it, but how do we do that in the most effective way?.. (Ex Army, then TA now running own grassroots NGO with southern partners [mid 40s])


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