By 2020 more than one quarter of the UK armed forces will be comprised of reservists. This study is investigating how reservists, their partners/family members and employers view and experience changing military service, (civilian) work and family life.

This is one of four studies in the ‘Future Reserves Research Programme’, jointly funded by the UK’s Ministry of Defence and Economic and Social Research Council.


The research will be conducted in the United Kingdom (UK) to investigate the following questions:

  • In what ways are the multiple identities of the Reservist constructed, understood and sustained over time and in different contexts?

  • How are the boundaries between Reserve Service, family life and civilian employment experienced by Reservists, their families and employers, and what demands are placed upon Reservists in negotiating these boundaries?

  • What family practices (everyday enactments of relations) support or inhibit successful negotiation of Reserve Service?

  • How do Reserves and employers negotiate transitions in and out of civilian employment?

  • What are the views of Reserves, their families and employers on what constitutes successful integration and appropriate support?