I'm a junior NCO and intelligence analyst in the British Army (basically a junior level manager) with 8 years experience and 4 years teaching experience. Before I joined the army I was a secondary science teacher and really enjoyed it before I left but I'd always wanted to join the army so ended up doing it, best decision I've made. In the last 3 years I've got married and had two kids. Over my short career I've been to Afghanistan 3 times (spent nearly 18 months of my life there) and the US for 5 months and so want a more stable family life now. I'm getting paid about £35k which is amazing and have been offered promotion to a senior level but the army life is not compatible with family life, the constant threat of having to go away has taken it's toll. I am however apprehensive at returning to teaching. Firstly the massive pay cut I'd take and secondly if I'd be able to cope after 8 years out of the profession. My plan is to return to teaching in 3 years time (September 2019) as I get a good pension and resettlement package at my 12 year point. This gives me some planning time....is there anything I can do over the next 3 years to give me the best chance of getting back into teaching without being overwhelmed? Can I be doing any courses? Would I even stand a chance at applying for a second in department role? Any advice would be grateful. Many thanks!