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Armed Forces Covenant: guidance and support

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 government is committed to supporting the armed forces community by working with a range of partners who have signed the covenant. The covenant is a national responsibility involving government, businesses, local authorities, charities and the public.

Addressing commercial disadvantage

We are continually looking to identify areas in which the armed forces community is at a commercial disadvantage.

If you feel you have suffered commercial disadvantage because of you or your family members’ service, please take a moment to complete the short survey to let us take account of your experiences.

Guidance

A full list of Armed Forces Covenant policy and guidance documents is available here.

  1. Armed Forces Covenant: 2015 to 2020

    • Policy paper
  2. Armed Forces Covenant: activities and achievements

    • Guidance

Covenant for businesses

Businesses and charitable organisations who wish to demonstrate their support for the armed forces community can sign the covenant. In doing so they make a range of written and publicised promises to set out their support.

Find case studies and more on the microsite.

  1. What does the Armed Forces Covenant mean for businesses?

    • Guidance
  2. Make your Armed Forces Covenant pledge here

    • Form
  3. Defence Employer Recognition Scheme

    • Guidance

Covenant for communities

For communities, the Armed Forces Covenant is a promise of mutual support between a civilian community and it’s local armed forces community.

A Covenant Fund is available for community projects that offers small grants up to £20,000 and large grants up to £500,000. Both grant routes are closed at the moment and will reopen in Spring 2016.

  1. What does the Armed Forces Covenant mean for communities?

    • Guidance
  2. Sign the Armed Forces Covenant and make your promise

    • Form
  3. How to apply for a Covenant Fund grant

    • Guidance
  4. Covenant Fund: background information

    • Guidance

Covenant for serving personnel and families

There are several initiatives as part of the Armed Forces Covenant designed to support serving personnel and their families. There is also information about understanding your employment rights as a reservist.

Information about support services for armed forces is here.

Work, job and pension information for armed forces is here.

Find more case studies on the microsite.

  1. How the armed forces covenant can support serving personnel

    • Case study
  2. How the armed forces covenant can support service families

    • Case study
  3. How the Armed Forces Covenant can support veterans

    • Case study
  4. How the armed forces covenant can support wounded, injured or sick personnel

    • Case study
  5. Addressing commercial disadvantage for armed forces service personnel

    • Guidance

Covenant for veterans

Apply for a grant from Aged Veterans Fund to fund projects for practical support and companionship to improve older veterans wellbeing and services to assist individuals in their needs.

Information about support services for veterans is here.

Find out about other support services for veterans on the covenant microsite.

  1. How the Armed Forces Covenant can support veterans

    • Case study
  2. How to apply for a Aged Veterans Fund grant

    • Guidance
  3. Aged Veterans Fund: background information

    • Guidance
  4. Addressing commercial disadvantage for armed forces service personnel

    • Guidance

Covenant for policy makers

Information on the policy and how we will support the armed forces community through the Armed Forces Covenant. A full list of Armed Forces Covenant policy information and related documents is available here.

  1. Armed Forces Covenant: 2015 to 2020

    • Policy paper
  2. Armed Forces Covenant annual report 2015

    • Corporate report
  3. Armed Forces Covenant annual report 2015: key facts

    • Guidance
  4. Snapshot of the Armed Forces Covenant 2015

    • Guidance
  5. Armed forces covenant 2014 annual report update

    • Corporate report
  6. Armed forces covenant annual report 2014

    • Corporate report
  7. Armed forces covenant annual report 2013

    • Corporate report
  8. Armed forces covenant annual report 2012

    • Corporate report
  9. Armed Forces Covenant (Libor) fund: successful projects

    • Guidance
  10. Tri-service resettlement manual (JSP 534)

    • FOI release