How do I join the MLC?


Please contact us using the link above, and someone will be in touch with you as soon as possible.


Isn’t it just a transition program?


No. Applicants for the MLC are (currently) selected from OF2 to OF5 rank. At the lower end, this is to ensure they have received sufficient experience and are competent in their primary role before expanding their horizons with the MLC.  In addition, they should show enough capacity and training to share military best practice whilst simultaneously absorbing civilian ideas. At the upper end, this rank allows best practice to be implemented at a unit level or higher. Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers outside this bracket may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.  Personnel must have at least one full tour remaining in their military service at the time of application. This ensures members are driven to improve their own workplaces and the broader Service, rather than using the MLC and Milken London Summit as a career transition workshop. Clearly, the connections made and networking experience will help members in their careers after their military service as well, so this will only be of mutual benefit to the civilian and military worlds.


What does MLC UK do?


Our main event is the Milken London Summit held around December each year – more details on this below. However, during the year we seek out other engagement opportunities with academic institutions such as King’s College London, other military initiatives such as the Defence Entrepreneurs Forum, and various corporate partners. For example, with appropriate security clearance, members have been able to invite civilian C-suite executives onto their duty stations, show them simulators, aircraft, Navy vessels and even have them participate in military-run leadership and team-building activities. In return, members have been offered week and month-long training opportunities with major corporate entities in the civilian world, allowing members to see first-hand how the civilian world operates.  Again, this allows for transfer of some of those innovations to their own sectors of expertise. In addition, the MLC offers links to mentoring services in the UK who specialise in linking military and civilians within distinct areas of interest, such as aviation.   We also meet up in the virtual space on a regular basis, sharing articles, links, posts, and holding video conferences between members to share our own experiences and ideas for future engagement activities.


What is the Milken Institute?


The Milken Institute is a non-profit, nonpartisan think tank determined to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health. They do this through independent, data-driven research, action-oriented meetings and meaningful policy initiatives. With summits and conferences across the world, they bring together leaders from a wide array of backgrounds and employment spheres with the aim of sharing dialogue and ideas – to see the world through someone else’s eyes. More information can be found at www.milkeninstitute.org


How can I attend the London Summit?


Applications for December 2017 are now closed.  Check back on this website for updates for 2018!


What should I include in my letters of recommendation?


We recommend focus be placed on your intellectual diversity and curiosity, your ability to engage in academic discussions about the current issues of the day, and any qualities or experiences that differentiate you as a leader.


When will the selectees be announced?  


The Milken Institute retains full responsibility for the selection process of new members while the MLC retains responsibility for administrative and marketing aspects of the application process.  We work together to to provide applicants as much lead time as possible of their selection, usually about 6 weeks prior to the London Summit.  Our goal is to allow MLC participants plenty of time to purchase their airfare at the lowest rate possible and to make all of the necessary arrangements to support their travel. Alternates selectees will also be notified and will have the opportunity to join should primary selectees be unable to attend the Milken Summit.


What do I win if I am selected?


Our selectees are not “winners” of cash awards, prizes, gifts, or rewards of any kind.  MLC members are selected to join an independent group of forward thinking military officers.


How much does it cost to attend the Summit?


MLC members attend the Milken Summit as invited participants, at no cost, similar to speakers and other individuals that contribute to the programming of the conference.


Do MLC members pay for their own lodging and travel to the London Summit?


Yes, MLC members are expected to fund their own travel and lodging, however, members are not restricted from seeking funding from their command.  Considering the significant professional development and public relations opportunities for the military, members are encouraged to seek T&S from their command rather than take leave.