Range Regulations Get Overhaul

The rules and regulations for the management of the MoD’s 1,700 live-firing ranges has changed. Over the next three years responsibility for licensing them will shift from the ten regional brigade commanders to the Defence Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives Safety Regulator. There are also new requirements for ranges with infrastructure located abroad and revised categories… Read More

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New Childcare Schemed Launched for Military Personnel

Service families will get free childcare for kids aged between four (4) and eleven (11), the Ministry of Defence has announced. The scheme covers so-called ‘wraparound’ care – which takes place before and after school hours – during term time. Royal Air Force personnel will trial the new offer from September, followedby Catterick and Plymouth-based… Read More

Soldier TACOS now in One Publication

The major elements of terms of service policy have been put into one publication. Soldier Terms of Service has information on engagements, promotion, assignments, transfers and career opportunities. It is available now on Defence Connect. Reference Soldier. (2020) Terms Made Simple. Soldier: Magazine of the British Army. August 2020, pp.14.

Scottish Income Tax Compensation Payments For Personnel to Become Permanent

Personnel paying higher rates of income tax set by the Scottish government will continue to receive cash from Westminster to ensure they are not disadvantaged. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed that financial compensation payments introduced two years ago and reviewed annually will now be permanent for eligible troops. Payments of between £12 and £2,200… Read More

British Army Pay Rise Finally Arrives

Hard working soldiers will soon have extra cash in their wallets after the government announced an inflation-busting salary boost for all troops up to the rank of brigadier. The Minsitry of Defence (MOD) confirmed that personnel would receive a 2% pay increase – which will be backdated to 01 April and in wage packets at… Read More

Covid-19 & Accommodation Charges

Why have Service personnel continued to pay accommodation fees throughout the Covid-19 pandemic? The government’s direction was clear from the start – stay at home. Almost immediately the chain of command took the sensible approach to protect the force and directed the majority of us to work from home where it was possible and practical.… Read More

Army Parents’ Network Milestone

An initiative dedicated to those raising children has just added its 3,000th member – and is continuing to grow. The popular Army Parents’ Network (APN), based around a closed Facebook group, aims to give those looking after youngsters support, help and advice. It also offers some handy hints on day-to-day issues. How Does it Work?… Read More