Veterans and
armed forces

Protect and stay connected to your military community

 

If you’re considering your next steps after a career in the military, at BAE Systems we have unique opportunities which allow you to continue to protect those that you served with.

 

We know it can be daunting to move from the military to a civilian role, but you can be assured that we truly value the unique viewpoint and customer perspective you’ll bring us. This provides you with the opportunity to still play your part in protecting your former colleagues. You’ll be fully supported with your transition and wellbeing, whilst also becoming part of a dedicated and collaborative team.

 

The skills and experience you’ve built up over the years will play a vital role in our activities and in the ongoing safety of those who protect us all. At BAE Systems you can start a new chapter in your career with the same purpose and meaning you felt during your service.

 

In addition, you’ll gain new skills with our continuous learning and development programmes, and you’ll receive coaching, and guidance from mentors and your team, which will in turn help you to grow and develop. You’ll enjoy the stability that our opportunities bring, both for you and your family.

 
 
 

Hear from our inspiring people

Want to know more about what life is like at BAE Systems? Get the facts first hand from some of our inspiring team.

 

Our commitment

We’re committed to providing opportunities for veterans and supporting our employees to volunteer as reservists. More than 7,000 of our global team have served in the forces and many of them tell us that their move to BAE Systems was the natural next step to take. Your team spirit, expertise, and experience are vital in making sure that the products and services we develop and supply are providing safety and security to our Armed Forces. With a wide variety of roles available, such as cyber operations, intelligence analysis and equipment manufacturing, you can continue to play an important and fulfilling part in protecting all our futures.

Emily  

Cadet Force Instructor

Laura  

Army veteran

Andy  

Navy reservist

Michelle

Royal Air Force

VetNet

 
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VetNet is our employee-led network for veterans, reservists, and their supporters. It's a community to share and learn from each other and access support and mentoring.
 
With a growing membership of close to 500 employees, VetNet offers a wide variety of support and activities for our ex-military colleagues and reservists. The network actively engages in Armed Forces Week, Armistice Week, and the Invictus Games. There’s regular webinars on wellbeing, mental health, resilience, and high performance. Across the world, we’re connecting veteran networks to learn from each other, guide and grow.
 
Coming soon! Want to talk to an employee whose from the military about their experience? No problem! We’re building a VetNet portal where anyone from a military background interested in joining BAE Systems has the opportunity to ask questions directly to a veteran that’s currently working for us
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 Armed Forces Covenant

 
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We value the unique relationship we have with serving members and veterans. We’re a founding member of the UK Armed Forces Covenant and one of the first winners of the MoD Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award that recognises an organisation’s commitment to the Covenant – we aim to go above and beyond our current commitments in our drive to make BAE Systems a positive place for veterans to work.
 
From developing skills and employment opportunities, to long-standing charity partnerships, we're committed to being a Forces friendly employer.
 
 
 
 
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CV and interview support

We want to help you find – and secure – the right role for you. If you’ve seen a job you like but you’re not sure how your skills translate, or you just haven’t applied for a job in a while, here’s some tips to help you present your skills and experience in the best way.

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  • Keep your CV simple, in a consistent font, with clear headings for each section. Use key words or phrases that show how you relate to the requirements of the role.
  • To prepare for an interview, re-read the job description and focus on being able to give answers to competency-based questions by using examples from your previous experience that show you have the skills we require.
  • Use the STAR formula to help you. What’s the background situation to your example? What task needs to be done? What action did you take? And finally, what was the result?
  • Be ready to talk about why you want the role.
  • Research as much as you can about the role and our business.
  • Listen carefully to the questions and comments that the interviewer makes.
  • Think before you answer, and always be honest.
  • Don’t assume that the interviewer knows all of your previous experience, give plenty of detail in your answers.
  • Keep your options open. After speaking to the interviewer, you may find your skills translate to additional roles at BAE Systems. Don’t be afraid to ask the question and keep an open mind.

Committed to supporting our armed forces