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Know   your   Institute
                     Know your Institute

                                                                                                                                     In 1963 I was to be found in the boys training
                                                                                                                                     establishment of HMS Ganges.
                      The Day the Uniform Comes                                                                                      On 5th August 1969, I had the misfortune to find

                                                                                                                                     myself in the Royal Naval Hospital Malta, with
                                                           Off                                                                       eventual transfer to the Royal Naval Hospital
                                                                                                                                     Haslar Gosport.

                                                                                                                                     In 1971 on 4th August I had added to my records
                        By: Bob Martin CSyP FSyI, Security Institute Director                                                        PUNS.  Having spent exactly two years in hospital,
                                                                                                                                     I was deemed Permanently Unfit for Naval
                                                                                                                                     Service, and was given a good transition of a
                                                                                                                                     gratuity of £173.47! (Oh and a pair of crutches!)
                                                                                                                                     I was more fortunate, having met a rather
                                                                                                                                     attractive Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nurse,
                                                                                                                                     (who has given me the joy of over 50 years of
                                                                                                                                     marriage), but equally fortuitous, my first break
                So where does the transition start? - today in uniform                                                               was a large Petrochemicals organisation I had
                serving our communities and country, and tomorrow                                                                    applied for a job with.  They had as their medical
                the unfamiliar!                                                                                                      officer, an ex-Royal Naval Surgeon Commander;
                                                                                                                                     Physiotherapist; and a Gym that I was ‘instructed’
                TRANSITION – According to the Collins dictionary the                                                                 to attend!
                verb means.
                “To transition from one state or activity to another                                                                 The medical was a breeze, and the rest is history
                means to move gradually from one to the other.”                                                                      as they say!

                As those of us who have served in uniform of one                                                                     My transition was smoother, but was not assisted in any way by the Royal Navy other than
                colour or the other will know, the word ‘gradually’                                                                  £173.47p!
                may not necessarily apply.
                                                                                                                                     The Security Institute was not around in 1971, but even if it had been, the chances of me being
                For me personally my journey started at the ripe old                                                                 aware of it would have been zero.
                age of 15 in the Royal Navy where the first thing I
                learnt after “Yes Sir” was semaphore, which accounts                                                                 The Security Institute is around in 2023, and it is one of our challenges to ensure that all those
                for me being seen at the top of the North Downs                                                                      in uniform, or have been in uniform, are aware of us, and how we can support you.
                waving my arms about!
                                                                                                                                     So how can The Security Institute support you?
                Before I even mention my own experience though,
                may I reflect on my fathers?  He joined the Royal Navy                                                               To be just and fair to our services, there are many more opportunities to prepare oneself for
                in 1939, and as many others during WWII, he served                                                                   that transition, but it still remains a cultural and a significant mental shock. Understanding
                in the Atlantic, Pacific, Burma and so, the list goes on.                                                            where you fit in, where you can use your valuable skills and knowledge is a challenge, but in
                He left in 1961 having served his 22 years, but really                                                               some small way The Security Institute can assist from cradle to grave, to help individuals who
                could not ‘leave’.  He became active in the Royal Naval                                                              once proudly wore their uniform with that transition to become a security professional.
                Reserve for another engagement of five years, but
                eventually ill health curtailed that, and his full decline                                                           For a start, we very much welcome members of all uniformed services who qualify to become
                started.  To quote his own words “I am worthless                                                                     members of the Institute, and we are proud to note that we have such serving members, from
                now”.                                                                                                                both the armed and the civilian forces.

                His transition was typical – here today – gone                                                                       We provide opportunities to further develop on a personal and professional level. As an
                tomorrow.                                                                                                            Institute, we actively promote academic improvement within our profession, and we are by far
                My own story is less dramatic but for the time just as                                                               the biggest promoters of the Register of Chartered Security Professionals.
                typical I believe.

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