The Armed Forces Covenant – November 2018

The Armed Forces Covenant is a formal promise from the nation that Service Personnel, their families and Veterans are recognised for the sacrifices they make to keep us safe and should not be disadvantaged when accessing public and commercial services.

This AF Covenant Report of November 2018 focuses on serving personnel and families with the theme of Delivering Effective Support.

The report covers progress on healthcare, education, accommodation, inquests, family life, through‑life support, and business and community.

Key highlights of the report include:

  • The launch of a new Tri‑Service Defence Holistic Transition Policy, supporting both the Service person and the Service Family, by the end of 2018.
  • £5 million to extend the Educational Support Fund until 2020 to assist educational authorities across the UK during the ongoing draw‑down from Germany.
  • From September 2018, the expansion of the Department for Education’s Common Transfer File to improve the information available on Service Children when they move between schools.
  • A new scheme to support Spousal Employment, announced in September 2018, will facilitate access to vocational training and development opportunities.
  • The launch of the Combat Stress 24‑hour Mental Health Helpline ( 0800 323 4444 ) for serving personnel and their families.
  • The 3,000th signatory of the Covenant.
  • The relocation of the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre to a new purpose‑built facility at Stanford Hall, Nottinghamshire.

There are some useful contact web addresses on the last page.