Visa Fees Scrapped for Non-UK Service Personnel

In recognition of the immensely valuable contribution that thousands of overseas personnel make to the UK while serving, the Government has announced that visa fees will be waived for those who have served in the UK Armed Forces for a minimum period of six years or been discharged due to an illness or injury attributable… Read More


What is the RAND Corporation?

Introduction RAND Corporation (“research and development”) is an American non-profit global policy think tank created in 1948 by Douglas Aircraft Company to offer research and analysis to the United States Armed Forces. It is financed by the US government and private endowment, corporations, universities and private individuals. The company has grown to assist other governments,… Read More

Bereavement Leave Policies in the UK Armed Forces

Standard Approach There is a standard approach across the single Services to bereavement leave, which is covered by the use of Compassionate leave, and is outlined in ‘Joint Service Publication (JSP) 760: Tri-Service Regulations for Leave and Other Types of Absence’. The authorisation and duration of compassionate leave rests with the individual’s Commanding Officer (CO),… Read More

Can I Have My Rent Deducted Direct from My Pay By a Private Landlord?

Question Is it possible for a private landlord, or similar such party, engaged in a private agreement for housing rental to have the rent deducted directly from a service person’s salary and reflected on their payslip? Answer (Short Version) Yes. Answer (Longer Version) Overall, I would like to advise that the mechanism you outline is… 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.

British Army Promotion Policy Changes from 01 July 2020

The Army policy on accelerated promotion is being updated. The new regulations will be live from 01 July for Regular and Reservepersonnel and come into effect from the 2020-21 annual reports. Soldiers graded with a potential recommendation of “exceptional for promotion one rank up” in their annual report, short tour or duty period report and… Read More

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