What is the Forces Help to Buy Scheme (UK)?

Introduction The Forces Help to Buy (FHTB) scheme is an advance of salary scheme, which is available to help UK Service personnel who want to buy their first home and to enable the option to self-build amongst eligible Service personnel. Outline Since 2014, Regular Service personnel have been able to take an advance of up… Read More

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What is the Defence Recovery Capability?

What is the Defence Recovery Capability? The Defence Recovery Capability (DRC) is a Ministry of Defence (MOD)-led initiative – delivered with charitable partnerships – to ensure that military personnel with: Battle injuries (i.e. wounded); Injuries; or Sickness (together termed WIS), have access to the key services and resources they need to help them: Return to… Read More

A Brief Overview of US Military Bases, Units and Personnel in the UK

Introduction The US military has had a long association with the UK, retaining a range of military bases and personnel since World War II. What are the Locations of Military Bases and Installations Operated by the US Military? RAF Mildenhall: Suffolk, UK. RAF Lakenheath: Suffolk, UK. RAF Feltwell: Norfolk, UK. RAF Alconbury: Cambridgeshire, UK. RAF… Read More

An Overview of Welfare Support for UK Military Veterans

Introduction The provision of welfare support for UK veterans was set up in its current form in 1948, to ensure those ex-service personnel with welfare needs were supported by the State. All of the below links go to webpages on the official UK Government website (gov.uk) or NHS. What is Veterans UK? Veterans UK provide… Read More

What was the Aden Emergency (1963-1967)?

Introduction The Aden Emergency, also known as the Radfan Uprising, was an armed insurgency by National Liberation Front (NLF) and Front for the Liberation of Occupied South Yemen (FLOSY) during the Cold War against the Federation of South Arabia, a protectorate of the United Kingdom, which now forms part of Yemen. Partly inspired by Gamal… Read More

What is Freedom Day (Malta)?

Introduction Freedom Day (Maltese: Jum il-Ħelsien) is a Maltese national holiday celebrated annually on 31 March. Background This is the anniversary of the withdrawal of British troops and the Royal Navy from Malta in 1979. On taking power in 1971, the Labour Government indicated it wanted to re-negotiate the lease agreement with the United Kingdom.… Read More

Online Housing Advice for Service Personnel

The Joint Service Housing Advice Office (JSHAO) has launched an online forum for service personnel and families. The Skype presentation is still delivered in the same format, with a financial mortgage advisor online, providing details on the mortgage process and answering any queries. This new delivery method provides personnel and their families with the ability… Read More