A Quick Outline of Flexible Service in the UK Armed Forces

Flexible Service, effective from 01 April 2019, allows Regular service personnel to: Seek temporary and defined periods of part-time work (a reduction of 20% or 40%); and/or To restrict their separation (lower rate of X-Factor). Periods of flexible service will have an impact on pension benefits. Time Periods The minimum period you can select is… Read More

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Funding the Armed Forces Pension Scheme (AFPS)

What is the AFPS? All members of the armed forces are automatically enrolled into the Armed Forces Pension Scheme (AFPS) and, unlike almost all other schemes, members pay 0% in contributions each month. The scheme is also protected by legislation and distributed from the public purse. Three APFS Schemes There are three revisions of the… Read More

The Two Types of Conscientious Objector

The Armed Forces of the United States of America (USA) place conscientious objectors into two categories: Class 1-O; and Class 1-A-O. Conscientious Objector Class 1-O A member who, by reason of conscientious objection, sincerely objects to participation in military service of any kind in war in any form. Conscientious Objector Class 1-A-O A member who,… Read More

What is the Number of Under 18’s Deployed to Iraq & Afghanistan?

“In dealing with a similar PO in 2013, a total of seven, service personnel under the age of 18 were identified as having been deployed in the period 2007-10 in Iraq and Afghanistan. Upon closer inspection of the information, only two out of the four service personnel were actually deployed to Iraq before the age… Read More

What is the Cost of the ACSM 11 Medal?

The Accumulated Campaign Service Medal 2011 (ACSM 11) costs: £83 to produce, process and issue the with clasp, ribbon and rosette; and; £72.80 to produce, process and issue with ribbon only. Reference FOI 2018/13817 dated 27 November 2018.

RAF Commissioned Warrant Officers (CWO)

Within the Royal Air Force (RAF), warrant officers and master air crew commissioned under the Commissioned Warrant Officer (CWO) Scheme do not attend full officer training and are appointed in the rank of flight lieutenant with no additional seniority. All other serving personnel are appointed in the rank of flying officer with additional seniority determined… Read More

What are the Opportunities for Non-Commissioned Personnel to become Commissioned Officers in the British Armed Forces?

There are a variety of opportunities for non-commissioned personnel to become commissioned officers in the British Armed Forces as outlined below. Naval Services The Naval Service ((Royal Navy) and Royal Marines (RM)) runs several schemes to provide opportunities for the promotion of RN and RM Other Ranks to commissioned ranks. These personnel compete along side… Read More