Post war Australia bore little semblance to the nation stricken by fear of invasion. The emotional turmoil of young people joining the forces struck individuals, families and social structures. Rehabilitation of ex-service personnel was a key concern. The Ministry for Post-War Reconstruction facilitated their transitions to civilian life and equipped them with vocational skills. One who undertook post-war training explains, 'You of my number understand these things, those outside would not, perhaps, understand'.