The (Military Pension) X-Factor Explained

A brief article to help you understand that ‘extra’ cash in your monthly pay. What is the X-Factor? It is an addition to basic pay that recognises the particular challenges of military life. Brief history The X-Factor was introduced in 1970. Male soldiers received 5% whilst female soldiers received 1%. The rates were not equalised… Read More

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Ultimate Performance Fitness is Looking for Ex-Soldiers

Ultimate Performance fitness is expanding across the globe, and is looking for more ex-soldiers to join its team. The first Ultimate Performance gym, UP City, was opened in May 2009 with a team of just two full-time Personal Trainers. By January 2014, they had 65 Personal Trainers as well as four personal training gyms, and… Read More

Military Leavers: Fancy Working in the Network Cable & Data Centre Sectors?

Service leavers interested in working in the network cable and data centre sectors can now use enhanced learning credits to access more courses. The funding can be spent on programmes delivered by CNet Training, a technical education provider for the digital infrastructure industry. CNet offers packages from a level three Business and Technology Education Council… Read More

Military Leavers: Fancy An 8-Week Forestry Course?

An eight-week forestry course is now available to those transitioning out of the military. The Royal Forestry Society certificate in arboriculture and forestry is the first land-based skills programme to be approved by the Career Transition Partnership, the official provider of resettlement support for the Armed Forces. The first courses begin in September 2019. Visit… Read More

Leaving the Services Report (2007)

“The Ministry of Defence (the Department) needs to recruit around 20,000 men and women each year to the Armed Forces. The Department draws its workforce from a broad section of society including from areas of high unemployment and people with few qualifications. Recruits are required to adapt to military life and ethos and, where it… Read More

Who Pays Your (UK) Armed Forces Pension?

All UK Armed Forces pensions are paid for, on behalf of Veterans UK, by the Armed Forces Pension Payment provider, Equinti Paymaster. Since 2015, Equinti Paymaster has been a subcontractor of DXC Technology. For overseas veterans, Equinti Paymaster pays pensions on the date they are due, with payments then routed to overseas bank accounts via… Read More

What is the Number of Service Personnel not Eligible for the Career Transition Partnership (2009-2013)?

The number of Service personnel who left the British Armed Forces between 2009 and 2013 who did not meet the eligibility criteria for enrolling on the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) programme is outlined below. Financial Year UK Service Leavers Not Eligible 2009/2010 18,300 6,960 2010/2011 18,190 5,630 2011/2012 21,500 4,990 2012/2013 23,830 4,330 Notes: Figures… Read More