Covenant for serving personnel and families

The 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.

There is also an article in the Autumn 2016 edition of Envoy magazine, and talks about the new network of Armed Forces Champions on RAF stations. Each champion will work to raise greater awareness about the Covenant and help ensure that you as Serving personnel and your families are treated fairly.



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

Areas where support is available include:

Having access to healthcare, having a home, managing your finances and developing your career.
More information for Regulars and their families


The Armed Forces Covenant is here to support you in your role as a 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.

Areas where support is available include:

Maintaining your career, managing your finances and having access to healthcare.
More information for Reservists.


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 include:

Supporting children and education, having access to healthcare, having a home, managing your finances and supporting spouse/partner careers and education.
More information for families.

Families Federation

The RAF has an independent Families Federation which can offer you support and advice. They work with the RAF and every level of government as your advocate.

The RAF Families Federation meets 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 get in touch.

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