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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.

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.

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.

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.

SSAFA, the armed forces charity, has produced an Additional needs and disability: a guide for families publication which includes a directory of support across all 3 services.

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

Find more case studies on the microsite.

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.

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 annual report 2016

    • Corporate report
  2. Armed Forces Covenant annual report summary 2016

    • Corporate report
  3. The Armed Forces Covenant in numbers 2016

    • Guidance
  4. Armed Forces Covenant: 2015 to 2020

    • Policy paper
  5. Armed Forces Covenant annual report 2015

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

    • Corporate report
  7. Snapshot of the Armed Forces Covenant 2015

    • Corporate report
  8. Armed forces covenant 2014 annual report update

    • Corporate report
  9. Armed forces covenant annual report 2014

    • Corporate report
  10. Armed forces covenant annual report 2013

    • Corporate report
  11. Armed forces covenant annual report 2012

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

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

    • FOI release
Published 21 January 2014
Last updated 15 September 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added a link to the SSAFA 'Additional needs and disability: a guide for families' publication in the Covenant for serving personnel and families section.
  2. Added Armed Forces Covenant annual report 2016
  3. Added links to the covenant microsite.
  4. Added link to Addressing commercial disadvantage survey.
  5. Added link to commercial disadvantage survey.
  6. Added the Armed forces covenant annual report 2015 and related links
  7. Added Aged Veterans Fund: how to apply guidance
  8. Added Covenant Fund guidance on how to apply
  9. Added the Aged Veterans Fund.
  10. Added the covenant fund.
  11. Updated the Newsletter heading to include link to the community covenant conferences 2015: presentations
  12. Added the AFC 2014 annual report update.
  13. Updated link to signed corporate covenant pledges.
  14. Added 'Armed forces corporate covenant: signed pledges (part 2)'.
  15. Added link to Veterans accomodation fund
  16. First published.