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COVENANT


THE ARMED FORCES COVENANT


FIVEYEARS ON


It is five years on from the Armed Forces Act 2011 which established the principle that those who have served their country should not suffer disadvantage as aresult of their service. Now the Covenant has anew logo and new wording with the aspiration that these will help everyone to understand more what it can do and address some of the misconceptions about the Covenant.


“The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly.”


The only element of the Covenant enshrined in law is that there must be areport to Parliament every year as to how the covenant principle of afair deal for service personnel and families is being upheld in practice. However, every local authority and hundreds of businesses have voluntarily signed up to the Covenant and committed to upholding its principles and values. The annual report to parliament ensures that it remains very much in the spotlight and the RAF Families Federation observations on progress are included within it. This year,many of those observations have been used by the government to inform the Covenant agenda for 2016.


It doesn’t give Armed Forces personnel or families’ preferential treatment compared to other citizens but you should get alevel playing field and it’s all about fairness.


It doesn’t solve all the problems but it does make adifference.


32 Summer 2016


One of the most frequent questions we get asked is “Why is the covenant relevant to me?” In response we ask:


• Are you serving? • Are you single? • Living together? • Married? • Divorced? • With kids? Without? • Living in the block? • Got you own house? • Living in SFA? • In the Reserves? • Thinking about leaving?


Then the Armed Forces Covenant is relevant to you.


“Often the small changes make big differences but are


so behind the scenes that we never fully appreciate them.”


Not every covenant issue affects every person. Not every person will benefit from every change. But you would struggle to find one person for whom there have been no benefits at all from the covenant. If not now,then almost definitely at some point in the future


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