Sign the Covenant

Organisations may choose to sign a voluntary pledge in order to demonstrate their support for the Armed Forces community and for the principles of the Covenant. All organisations – public, private or voluntary and small, medium or large – are welcome to sign the Covenant.


Birmingham Central Mosque, the largest mosque in Western Europe, the first mosque in the West Midlands to sign the Armed Forces Covenant.

How to sign

If you are interested in signing the Covenant, please download, complete and sign the template below. For a good practice example please click here. Once you have done so, please e-mail your signed copy to

How to sign the Covenant template

If you have any questions about signing the Covenant or about what you can pledge, or if you require any guidance during the process, please e-mail  You can also e-mail this address if you are interested in arranging a signing event.


Boeing signs the Armed Forces Covenant

What you can pledge

Your Covenant pledge is yours to write. While all signatories pledge to uphold and act in accordance with the basic principles of the Covenant, organisations are free to tailor their specific pledges to suit their circumstances. In other words, you are free to specify – with as much or as little detail as you think necessary – how exactly you plan to support and uphold the Covenant. Specific pledges can be adapted to make them appropriate to your organisation.

For ideas and suggestions of pledges that you can include in your Covenant template, please look through the sample pledge bank below.

Covenant Example Pledges

You decide how you want to support the Armed Forces community through your Covenant promise. Advice is available to help you to write and tailor your pledge.

Who has signed the Covenant?

All 407 local authorities in mainland Great Britain and 4 Northern Ireland councils have pledged to uphold the Covenant. Thousands of organisations have signed the covenant, including businesses and charities.

View each organisation’s specific covenant pledges for their business or charity.

View index of businesses who have signed the covenant.

View local authorities who have signed the covenant.

Terms and Conditions

By signing the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC) an organisation demonstrates its intention to support the Armed Forces community and provides the signatory with the opportunity to be recognised by the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) award.  An ERS award shows that the recipient is delivering tangible support for the Armed Forces community.  The Ministry of Defence (MOD), as the representative of HM Government, welcomes these commitments and is grateful for the support being pledged and provided. However, neither signing the AFC nor achieving an ERS award should be taken to imply MOD endorsement of any individual or organisation.

ERS awards at Silver and Gold level are reviewed every five years, at which point they can be renewed for a further five years, providing the organisation is continuing to deliver support. However, at any time, the MOD reserves the right to withdraw an award and/or to remove an organisation from the register of AFC signatories,  if it considers that the organisation is acting in a way that is incompatible with the spirit of the AFC or otherwise behaves in a way that could bring the AFC,  the ERS or the MOD into disrepute.

By signing the AFC and/or achieving an ERS award, an organisation becomes eligible to use the Covenant and ERS logos. However, this permission remains at all times conditional upon complying with the branding guidelines. Any organisation that is removed from the AFC register or has an ERS award withdrawn must remove the related branding from all corporate material including but not limited to its websites, social media channels, publicity leaflets etc as soon as practicable.

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