Covenant for serving personnel and families

Serving personnelThe Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families are treated fairly and not disadvantaged in their day-to-day lives. This includes offering injured servicemen and women and bereaved families extra support where appropriate.

There are several initiatives as part of the Armed Forces Covenant designed to support serving personnel and their families.


The Armed Forces Covenant provides you, as serving personnel, and your family with practical support and advice to help you.

You’ll also receive support in access to healthcare, having a home, managing your finances and developing your career.


The Armed Forces Covenant is here to support you in your role as an RAF reservist, helping you to balance your civilian work with being part of the armed forces.

Your employer can support you in maintaining this balance by signing the covenant. They can pledge specific measures to make it easier for you to meet your reserve service commitments, such as offering extra paid leave to attend annual training or career courses.

You’ll receive support and guidance around maintaining your career, managing your finances and having access to healthcare.


Families can offer considerable support to those serving, or those who have served in the armed forces. There are specific initiatives under the Armed Forces Covenant to support family life in the armed forces and for veteran families.

Areas where support is available includes supporting children and education, having access to healthcare, having a home, managing your finances and supporting spouse/partner careers and education.

Families Federation

As your RAF Families Federation we work with the RAF and every level of government as your advocate.

We meet regularly with key government departments including Department of Work and Pensions, Department of Education, Department of Health and the Ministry of Defence to review issues that are affecting the serving and family community.

If you have concerns please contact us.

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