32 NAVY NEWS, JUNE 2010
A good word for promotion
● The NFF is championing the cause of all in the Naval Service, whatever rank, branch or specialisation
● Clear lower decks in Navy Command HQ and HMS Excellent to raise awareness of the RNRMC
RNRMC clears the decks
A CLEAR lower deck took place at Navy Command HQ for Vice Admiral Richard Ibbotson to spread the word of the role of the Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC). Charity chief executive Robert Robson told the assembled crowd: “One of the main reasons that the RNRMC exists is to provide a single focus for fundraising for the charities that support the Naval family.
“Its aim is simple – to improve the quality of life of all members of this family, from the day you join the Naval Service and for the rest of your lives.” He then went on to highlight the gulf between payroll giving in the other Services. “Joining the Sports Amenities and Benevolence (SABS) payroll- giving scheme can make a huge difference at very little cost to the giver. “If we can raise the percentage of those who support the RNRMC from 18 per cent today to levels seen in the RAF and Army at 90 per cent we can raise over £1.5
million more to give back.” The take-up has an admirable high in the RN among new recruits and Young Officers who have signed up to support the Naval family to the tune of 95 per cent.
But it seems that the rest of the Service lags behind.
Some people already donate through the old schemes – VDP or VSSS – which SABS has replaced. In order to change over it is a simple process of filling out the SABS form and ticking the box to cancel the outdated donations. Of course, the traditional forms
of Naval fundraising are welcomed too, or one-off donations, including the new text donation service. The presentation was the first
of a series of events which will take place across the UK led by the Navy’s most senior officers. The aim is to let the men and
women of the Senior Service – clad both in dark blue and lovat – to know about the charity’s vital work and ways to support that effort.
THE Naval Intelligence specialisation is back in the Senior Service.
Bond’s boys are back
The Navy Board has endorsed
the formation of the Intelligence Officer sub-specialisation in the Warfare branch.
This will be a sideways entry specialisation only,
construction is seen as analagous to that of the Mine Clearance Diving, Mine Warfare and Fighter Controller sub-specialisations. The biannual, 13-week Joint Intelligence
Maritime a Maritime
at Chicksands will become the professional qualifying course; and
at Collingwood will provide a foundation level of training for junior officers and senior ratings. The main thrust of all Warfare sub-specialisations is PWO course and Command so the majority of General Service Executive Intelligence - GSX(Int) - officers will return to the Warfare
Picture: LA(Phot) Jay Allen
forward to the future
HAROLD Wilson said that a week is a long time in politics, but at the time of writing, 24 hours is certainly a long time... seeing one government vacate number 10 and a new administration
arrive, writes Jane Williams of the Naval Families Federation.
Dr Liam Fox is confirmed as Secretary of State for Defence, and a meeting with one of his Defence team is in the diary for mid June. We are looking forward
to working with him and his department, and aspire to build on the good working relationship between the two offices. Over the next few Navy News
articles we will be reporting on how the new policies impact on families, so the message is, watch this space and keep reading. In the meantime, the flow of
information for families maintains a fast pace so there is plenty to report:
■ Inheritance Tax Exemptions for Veterans
Inheritance Tax Act, the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC),
Service Personnel and Veterans Agency, can grant exemptions from Inheritance Tax (IHT) on the
personnel who die whilst on active Service against the enemy or other Service of a war-like nature. Exemptions can also be granted on the estate of those who die in retirement where it can be shown that their death was due to or hastened by an injury or illness sustained on, or aggravated by, past military service that meets the requirements of the Act, even if the death occurs many years later. However, there is no automatic serving military
mainstream within five years, or two to three Intelligence assignments.
The minimum criteria for sideways entry to the sub- specialisation are: the achievement of the OPS within source branch; a CO’s recommendation; manning clearance to sub-specialise; to have passed the Intelligence selection process; and to have passed the JMIC at DISC Chicksands. It will be open to transferees from other branches and services who wish to make Naval Intelligence their ‘career anchor’ - engineers and logisticians
be recategorised as GSX(Int) and Royal Marines will remain within the Corps and be tagged RM General Duties (Int). A review of how ratings and other ranks are to be employed in support of the Naval Intelligence Capability will be announced separately later this year. Refer
to Galaxy 2010-8 for more details.
personnel, or veterans, and the award of a war pension is no guarantee an IHT exemption will also be granted.
Each case has to be considered on its merits after the death of the individual concerned and in the case of those dying in retirement it will require the JCCC’s medical advisors to be given access to the deceased full medical history. Further
exemptions can be obtained from the Deceased Estates Office of the JCCC on 01452 712 612 Ext 5680/8174.
■ Tweet us
We are pleased to announce
that the NFF is now on Twitter! We are always keen to find new
information on IHT estate of serving Under Section 154 of the part of the military
■ Early mover status
When Service personnel are required to move as part of a relocation such as the Maritime Change Program, moves can be staggered up to 12 months ahead of the expected unit move through
Mover Status, to give families more time for personal
such as schooling. The rules surrounding
this status are in JSP 752, but once implemented via the chain of command Service personnel can apply for SFA, disturbance allowance and removals to the new duty station in advance of any large scale relocation.
■ A commendable effort
Congratulations to the NFF’s office manager Jackie Jackson, who recently received the Second Sea Lord’s Commendation. The
recognition of Jackie’s hard work for the NFF and her dedication towards the needs and concerns of Service families throughout her six years in post. Only
commendations are handed out each year, at a ceremony held on HMS Victory. Well done, Jackie!
■ Divorce and separation: Help with your fi nances
A new website has been set up by the Financial Services Authority to provide impartial information and guidance to those going through a divorce or separation. There are dedicated sections on living arrangements, dividing mutual assets and information for those with children. For more information visit
■ Portsmouth Navy Days
Friday July 30 to Sunday August 1 2010 sees Navy Days returning to Portsmouth. If past years are anything to go
ways to communicate with Naval Service families and we hope that you will follow us on the site. We will update Twitter regularly
comments you would like to tell us about please get in touch via Twitter:
you have any issues
Serving personnel in uniform – free entry; Serving personnel with pass – child price £14.50 (if purchased before June 30 2010, or £16.00 on the day).
■ Service complaints
to inform you of new articles on the NFF website and to ask for feedback on key topics. If
or a handful of these award was given in
and to reduce their backlog of serious complaints resulting from Service personnel becoming more confident in speaking out against bullying, harassment and other forms of improper treatment. Timeliness of complaints handling is still an area of concern and it has been stressed that complaints should be tackled early and at the lowest level to help grievances be dealt with quickly and efficiently. If you wish to make a complaint to the Service Complaints Commissioner visit their website
for details on the procedure.
■ Father’s Day messages
BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Services) are recording messages for Father’s Day on June 9 at the Cockleshell Centre, in Eastney, Portsmouth. Make sure that you get your messages recorded and hopefully on air.... the ultimate present for any dad whether home or away.
■ SABS – What’s in it for me?
Second Sea Lord formally
launched the Sports Amenities and
by, a definite date for the diary. The confirmed entrance prices:
March 2008, otherwise known as SABS, to benefit everyone. For a weekly amount of only £1 (or more should you wish) the donations are deducted from pay and encompasses all the major charitable outputs for sport, amenities and benevolence. For more information about
how to support yourself and your colleagues by instigating donations contact your ship,
The second annual report, by the Service Complaints Commissioner, of the fairness, effectiveness and efficiency of the Service
been published. The report highlighted the actions taken by the MOD and the three Services to increase
complaints process has
establishment Charity Champion, or contact the Command SABS Champion at Dean.Rogers955@
Your experiences form the basis of all our discussions.
The NFF can be contacted via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
, tel: 02392 654374 or write to: Castaway House, 311 Twyford Avenue, Portsmouth, PO2 8RN.
unit or Benevolence Scheme in
awareness of the process
RECENT SJARS taken from JPA have highlighted that there might be some confusion as to when to award Yes or higher as opposed to Developing for promotion 1 Rank Up in an appraisal report. A recent RNTM (110/10 SJARS – Recommendations for promotion 1 Rank Up) points out the relevant JSPs and the explicit statement that paraphrased calls for assessment based on merit rather than eligibility. So Reporting Officers should focus on an individual’s suitability to hold the next higher rank or rate within the next 12 months. People who demonstrate all
the personal and professional attributes, although not as yet fully qualified, may still be awarded Yes or higher for promotion. Indeed, those people who are qualified in all respects but who do not show the qualities required for higher rank or rate should be awarded Dev or No. The RNTM warns against
over-marking, and the false expectations that this raises. See RNTM 110/10.
Come into RNcom
nature, RNcom is there at all hours, once the kids are in bed or in the middle of the night, when someone might want to catch up or find out how everyone else is feeling in tough times. During the height of Herrick 9 RNcom was receiving 6.5 million hits per month. If you want to find out more about how RNcom can support your unit and the people connected to it, contact Nigel Gigg RNcom manager on 93832 8945.
Tickets for wickets
TICKETS for Troops is offering men and women in the military thousands of free tickets to cricket matches across Britain. Over 400 days of cricket have been donated to Tickets for Troops by 14 county cricket clubs in recognition of the extraordinary work of the Armed Forces. However it is not just cricket on offer through the organisation, which has free tickets for major sporting events including football, horse-racing, rugby, and darts, as well as theatre, concerts and other attractions. Cricketer Andrew Flintoff,
a patron of Tickets for Troops, said: “I know exactly what the troops are going through from my recent experiences of travelling to Afghanistan to meet them. “I was extremely moved by the whole experience and met some incredible people while I was out there.
“The Tickets for Troops scheme will hopefully help them and make them realise how grateful we are for their efforts.” Patron Sir Ian Botham said:
“Let’s get behind our troops, let’s give them some support and let’s show them just how much we appreciate the dangerous job they do for us.”
Find out more at www.
And because of its online
A REMINDER to keep in touch with the Naval family through website RNcom. The website was set up by
Naval Command specifically to support and engage with families, and is used extensively by ships and units away from home to keep in touch with those left behind. Families can sign up to the members only area where they can make use of chatrooms and forums.
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