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

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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

What is RAJA?

Raja, previously known as the REME Association Job Agency and now just ‘raja’, was established by The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) in 1993 to support those leaving the Corps in their search for new career opportunities and to assist industry in attracting the talent, commitment and experience of a REME service leaver. Raja… Read More

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

New Veterans ID Cards Rolled Out to Service Leavers

A new identification (ID) card for UK armed forces veterans, which will help them access specialist support and services, has started to be issued to service leavers. From 18 February 2019, any personnel who have left the military since December 2018 will automatically be given one of the new ID cards, which will allow them… Read More

What is Project Firefly?

What is the Purpose of Project Firefly? Project Firefly offers service leavers an opportunity to seamlessly transfer from Regular Service directly into the Maritime Reserve (Royal Naval or Royal Marine Reserve). How Long Has It Been Going? Project Firefly started in April 2013. Extension of Project Firefly In Autumn 2018, it is planned for Project… Read More