What is the Armed Forces Covenant?

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.

Its two principles are that, recognising the unique obligations of, and sacrifices made by, the Armed Forces:

  • Those who serve in the Armed Forces, whether Regular or Reserve, those who have served in the past, and their families, should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services.
  • Special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most such as the injured and the bereaved.

What is being done?

The Covenant focuses on helping members of the Armed Forces community have the same access to government and commercial services and products as any other citizen. This support is provided in a number of areas including:

  • education and family well-being
  • having a home
  • starting a new career
  • access to healthcare
  • financial services

Further information about support services for serving personnel and their families, and veterans and their families is available.

Does it apply to you?

If you’re a member of the Armed Forces, a Veteran, or a family member, the Covenant offers a wide variety of support to ensure you are treated fairly.

It is fulfilled by the different organisations that have committed to making a difference, or have a legal duty to consider the Covenant. These include:

  • The UK Government and Devolved Administrations
  • The single Services (Royal Navy, British Army, and Royal Air Force)
  • Businesses of all sizes
  • Local government
  • The NHS
  • Schools
  • Charities

This site will direct you to the information regarding policies, services and projects that is relevant to you.

Visit Armed Forces Covenant guidance and support for information on the breadth of the Covenant and the support it provides.

What is the Covenant Legal Duty?

The Covenant Legal Duty is a legal obligation on certain public bodies (including local authorities, governing bodies of certain state schools, various NHS bodies, and other organisations) to have due regard to the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant when carrying out certain functions in healthcare, education and housing. It has been in force since November 2022. Follow the link below to find out more.

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