During the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic the entire UK was put into lockdown by the government to help slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
This included military personnel who were asked to follow guidance from the UK government on social distancing, working from home, and non-essential travel. Given the nature of the Armed Forces and the close quarters they normally work in, it is perhaps not surprising that this could prove to be challenging. This kind of difficulty is surely only made worse when you consider that the Armed Forces workforce will be used to a highly dynamic and active working environment.
These challenges come even more into focus for those veterans who have been deployed in more recent conflicts. The lockdown for them, may have led to more time spent reflecting on traumatic past experiences and trying to come to terms with their impact. Given the isolating nature of lockdown, ordinary everyday distractions became limited which, in turn, will have led to an increased amount of time to recall, re-live and ruminate over these traumatic experiences.