What is the Armed Forces Covenant?
To those who proudly protect our nation, who do so with honour, courage, and commitment, the Armed Forces Covenant is the nation’s commitment to you.
It is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who 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.
What is being done?
The covenant focusses 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 assistance
- discounted services
Further information about support services available to both serving personnel and their families, and veterans and their families are provided on GOV.UK.
Find information about working, jobs and pensions for members of the armed forces and their families.
For more information about the background of of the Armed Forces Covenant go to the covenant policy.
You can also read the Armed Forces Covenant promise in full here.
Who is involved?
The Covenant supports serving personnel, service leavers, veterans, and their families, and is fulfilled by the different groups that have committed to making a difference.
- Central government, overseen by the Ministerial Covenant and Veterans Board
- Single Services (Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force)
- Businesses of all sizes
- Local government
- Cadet forces and their adult volunteers
Does it apply to you?
If you are a member of the armed forces, a veteran, or a family member, the Armed Forces Covenant offers a wide variety of support to ensure you are being treated fairly.
If you are a business, or a community organisation, you can find out how to show your support.
This site will help direct you to the most relevant information regarding policies, services and projects that you can benefit from.
Visit Armed Forces Covenant guidance and support for information on the breadth of the covenant and the support it provides.