Employing members of the Armed Forces community

Be a forces friendly employer

Reserves and veterans bring a variety of transferable skills and qualities to the civilian workplace, developed throughout their military careers.

These 3 short films eloquently articulate the range of transferable skills that a career in the military provides and MOD wholeheartedly endorses the key message that companies of all shapes and sizes should consider the proven business benefits of hiring veterans.

They have been produced by Deloitte (one of the earliest signatories of the Armed Forces Covenant and an Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award Winner) in collaboration with the Officers Association (a member of MOD’s Career Transition Partnership), Business in The Community and the Drive Project. It is important that whilst we continue to improve support for the minority of service leavers and their families who face challenges after leaving, we also recognise and celebrate that most veterans leave enriched by their service.

Being flexible to the unique situations of the wider Armed Forces community ensures fair treatment to all who are involved, including the spouses and partners, and cadet force adult volunteers.

Organisations can work with Career Transition Partnership’s (CTP) recruitment service to find quality applicants for apprenticeships, full time and vocational work opportunities. CTP provide a personalised service to employers, regardless of size throughout the UK and overseas to understand your skills gaps and employment requirements.

Employer Recognition Scheme

The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) acknowledges employers who have provided exceptional support to the Armed Forces community and Defence by going above and beyond their Covenant pledges.

Through a 3 tier approach of bronze, silver and gold awards, the scheme recognises the different levels of commitment provided by employers. This allows the Ministry of Defence to publicly thank and honour those organisations for their support.

You can nominate yourself for a bronze award. Silver and gold awards are bestowed to organisations meeting specific criteria. 

You can join the ERS LinkedIn group for the latest ERS news and connect with other supportive employers.

Help and advice for employers

Help and advice for employers is available from Defence Relationship Management (DRM).

Email employerrelations@rfca.mod.uk or find your Regional Employer Engagement Director.

If you need practical advice, a Reservist employer toolkit is available, providing information on your rights, responsibilities, and financial assistance that may be available to you.

Follow DRM’s social media channels to stay up-to-date with the latest news and updates regarding employer support for the Armed Forces community, on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and YouTube.

Why employ members of the Armed Forces community?

Here are some of the tangible benefits for employers partnering with Defence. Please click on the image to see a larger version.


  • If you have a query or comment about the Armed Forces Covenant and wish to receive a response, please use the Contact Us form.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.