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What is the Armed Forces Covenant?

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation, ensuring that those who serve or have served in the armed forces – and their families – are treated fairly. Under the terms of the Covenant, Members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services. Special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most such as the injured and the bereaved. This commitment is made in recognition of the sacrifices the Armed Forces Community make on behalf of the country.

All serving personnel (regulars and reserves), veterans and their families are considered to be the Armed Forces Community.

The covenant is a national responsibility involving government, businesses, local authorities, charities and the public.’ It focuses on helping members of the Armed Forces Community have the same access to government and commercial services and products as any other citizen. It covers such issues as healthcare; education; housing; benefits and tax; family life; transition and support after service.

For more information on the Covenant please visit www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk