Can Off-Duty Reservists Use Regular Army Base Facilities?

Scenario An Army Reservist works across the road from a very large Regular Army base, which has a NAAFI and dining facility. Can the Reservist enter the base using their MOD 90 (identification card) and eat there while not on duty? MOD 90 An MOD 90 is issued to the individual as a member of… Read More

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Service Parents: Remember your Free Childcare!

Parents are missing out on 30 hours of free childcare a week because they are not applying for it in time when moving back to England. That is the warning from the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD’s) Directorate of Children and Young People. Working parents with youngsters aged three to four are eligible and the MOD… Read More

MOD States Impact of Pension Ruling Personnel Unclear

Soldiers face a wait to find out how they will be affected by a recent ruling on firefighter pensions. An earlier court decision found that changes made to the emergency service workers’ arrangements in 2015 discriminated against younger staff who were forced to move to less beneficial schemes. The government tried to appeal against the… 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

What UK Road Traffic Legislation Applies to MOD Establishments?

Private Land Ministry of Defence (MOD) sites are private land and, therefore, traffic laws only apply as they would to any other private land. However, some sites may have public roads going through them and road traffic legislation would apply to those roads. The Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) It is possible for… 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

A Quick Outline of Flexible Service in the UK Armed Forces

Flexible Service, effective from 01 April 2019, allows Regular service personnel to: Seek temporary and defined periods of part-time work (a reduction of 20% or 40%); and/or To restrict their separation (lower rate of X-Factor). Periods of flexible service will have an impact on pension benefits. Time Periods The minimum period you can select is… Read More