Information related to the Armed Forces Pension Schemes.
A world class pension scheme for your military service
When a member of the armed forces reaches their retirement age, they receive one of the most generous pensions available in the UK. This fairly reflects the unique sacrifice they have provided their country throughout their career.
All members of the armed forces are automatically enrolled into the Armed Forces Pension Scheme. Unlike all other public schemes, members pay 0% in contributions each month. The scheme is unfunded and paid from the public purse.
Guidance relating to the Armed Forces Pension Scheme 2015.
- The Armed Forces Pension Scheme 2015: Your Pension Scheme Explained
- Actuarial valuation of the Armed Forces Pension Schemes 2016
- JSP 905 Armed Forces Pension Scheme 2015 and Early Departure Payments Scheme 2015
Guidance and documents relating to Armed Forces Pension Scheme 2005.
Guidance and documents relating to the Armed Forces Pension scheme 1975.
Pension Codes: the amounts of service retired pay and pensions, service invaliding retired pay and pensions, service attributable retired pay and pensions, gratuities and resettlement grants are shown in the pension code. The pension code is revised annually.
Reserve service pension schemes
Guidance and documents relating to the reserve schemes.
Legislation related to the Armed Forces Pension Scheme.
The Victoria Cross and George Cross
Gurkha Pension Scheme
Guidance and documents relating to the Gurkha pension scheme.
Gurkha Pension Manual
Family Pension and ill-health benefit
Guidance and documents relating to family pension benefits and ill-health benefits.
Pension sharing rules of the Armed Forces Pension schemes and Reserve Forces Pension schemes.
For those service personnel who receive a pension saving statement (PSS) letter you should refer to the following links. The first provides general taxation guidance first published in 2014 and whilst much of the information remains extant, it has been updated and was been published under DIN 01-100 in July 2021, the second link is the guidance referred to in the PSS letter and is replicated below for ease.
- (updated September 2021)
- Step by step guide for AFPS Annual Allowance notification letter for tax year 2020/2021
Please also note that a new pension tax site has been launched through the MOD’s intranet site that provides further guidance and other useful information.
Armed Forces Payment Scheme - Adjustments to Pensions Due to Guaranteed Minimum Payment - November 2020
Guidance relating to adjustments to pensions
Guidance and documents relating to re-employment.
Transfers in and out of the schemes
If you have built up pension benefits elsewhere before joining the armed forces you have the option to transfer in the value of your other benefits to receive a service credit in your Armed Forces Pension Scheme.
Before you apply to DBS Veterans UK for a transfer in, you need to obtain details of the amount of your transfer value from your previous pension scheme, and then an estimate from DBS Veterans UK of the additional pension that this will buy. If you decide to go ahead with the transfer, you should make your application to DBS Veterans UK in writing.
You must be serving in the armed forces to be eligible to transfer in and once you have committed yourself to a transfer from your previous pension scheme, you cannot change your mind and you will have given up forever your rights and those of your dependants under the previous schemes.
Transfers into AFPS 15 must be completed within one year of joining the scheme. For members who remain solely in AFPS 75 and AFPS 05 who may still make transfers in from a non-public service scheme. AFSP 75 the transfer in must be made before your 54 birthday and in AFPS 05 the transfer in must be made before the beginning of your final year of service before your pension is due.
If you leave without receiving immediate pension benefits (including leaving with an Early Departure Payment (EDP) under AFPS 15 or AFPS 05) you have the option to transfer the value of your deferred pension benefits to other defined benefit schemes. A pension in payment cannot be transferred.
However, the government has prevented transfers from unfunded public service defined benefit schemes (such as the AFPS to funded defined contribution schemes in UK or abroad. The Pension Schemes Act 2015 and the Taxation of Pensions Act 2014 made this rule. Application for pension transfers should be made to:
DBS Veterans UK Pensions Division
Mail Point 480
65 Brown Street
Resettlement Grants assist those leaving the regular armed forces to resettle into civilian life after completing a substantial period of service. A Resettlement Grant is not a pension.
It is a tax-free lump sum paid to regular service personnel, who, at the time they leave the services, are not eligible for Early Departure Payment benefits, an Immediate Pension or ill health award (or any other immediate pension benefits) and they meet Resettlement Grant qualification criteria, which are:
AFPS 2015 and AFPS 2005: all personnel need to have 12 years’ relevant service (from date of entry)
AFPS 1975: Officers to have at least 2 years’ Commissioned service and have 9 relevant years of reckonable service from age 21
AFPS 1975: other ranks to have 12 relevant years of reckonable service from age 18.
The value of the Resettlement Grant, effective from 1 April 2020 is:
- AFPS 2005 and AFPS 2015: £11,651
- AFPS 1975 for Officers £16,597, and Other Ranks £11,344
The Resettlement Grant is increased each year at the same rate as armed forces pensionable pay.
Only 1 resettlement grant is awarded, for those who have service in more than one scheme. If personnel are re-employed after leaving they may have to re-pay some or all of the grant. See the re-employment booklet for more details.
Armed Forces Pension Calculator
The Armed Forces Pension Calculator (AFPC) includes a projection of benefits from the Armed Forces Pension Schemes.
Governance Armed Forces Pension Board
The Pension Board is responsible for assisting the Secretary of State for Defence, as Scheme Manager, in ensuring compliance with the scheme regulations and other legislation relating to the governance and administration of the scheme and any statutory pension scheme that is connected with it.
Veterans UK forms
If you have been advised that you need to complete a form or view a detailed pension scheme guide, you can find these on the Veterans UK pensions forms page.
Armed forces pension schemes consolidated factors list
The purpose of these tables is to set out in one place for convenience the actuarial factors provided by the Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) to the MOD from time to time in respect of Armed Forces Pension Schemes.
You can use the contact details below for help on your armed forces pension:
Armed forces pensions enquiries