Naval Charity Teams up with Carers UK to Support Unpaid Care

Caring for a loved one who is ill, disabled or older can be valuable and rewarding, but without the right support caring can have an impact on your health, your job, your finances and your social life. The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) have teamed up with Carers UK to support unpaid carers… Read More

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What is the Reserve Forces Foreign Service Arrangements?

What Is It? The Reserve Forces Foreign Service Arrangements (RFFSA) sets out how part-time troops whose civilian jobs require them to be employed in Canada, Australia or the USA on a temporary basis, can apply to serve with a similar Reserve unit in the country they are moving to. Eligibility Applicants have to be supported… Read More

Armed Forces Pension Scheme Rule Change

Regulars and Reserves who were in the Armed Forces pension scheme (AFPS) on or before 31 March 2012 and on or after 01 April 2015 could benefit from a rule change. Eligible personnel who were transferred from legacy schemes (AFPS 75 and 05 for Regulars or FTRS 97, RFPS 05 and NRPS for Reservists) will… Read More

Local Overseas Allowance to be Overhauled

From July 2021, local overseas allowance (LOA) payments will no longer be based on rank and will instead be tailored more to soldiers’ individual living circumstances. For example, the part of the old LOA package that supported all personnel in running a private vehicle abroad has been removed and will instead be claimed only by… Read More

New Guidance on Pregnancy & Physical Training in the British Army

Pregnant Servicewomen and new mums are to be given more guidance on taking part in physical training safely. The policy, which is also aimed at commanders and physical training instructors (PTIs), gives advice on moderate exercise, as well as suitable reconditioning plans. High-risk activities such as scuba diving or high-altitude training must not be done.… Read More

Improved App for Pay & Leave Launched

An improved mobile phone app for Defence Connect has been launched. It allows personnel to view their pay, check and submit leave applications and expenses, see what benefits they are eligible for and tap into what is happening in regiments and sub-units. Individuals can also advertise their knowledge, skills and experience in their personal profile.… Read More

New One-Stop Career Portal on Defence Connect

A portal has been launched on Defence Connect to bring together information on careers policy, specialist courses and other Service opportunities. It offers personnel greater access to both Army-wide and cap badge-specific information, whether for themselves or to help them advise subordinates. The one-stop-shop was developed after research found that access to career information was… Read More