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Notification of Army Personnel Selected for Tranche 3 of the Redundancy Programme
On 18 June 2013, Army Personnel were being notified if they had been selected for redundancy in the third tranche of the Armed Forces Redundancy Programme. The Army notified approximately 4,480 personnel, for 84% of them their selection was a result of having applied for redundancy. There is likely to be a need for one more tranche of redundancies for the Army, and there may be a requirement for a small number of redundancies for medical personnel from the RAF and Royal Navy, as the outcome of the Defence Medical Services 20 (DMS20) project is implemented. Click here for details.
Community Covenant e-Newsletter: June 2013
Afghans Take Security Lead Across Afghanistan
Family Fun at RNAS Culdrose Air Day
Troops to Teachers
Good Housekeeping Magazine: Help For Heroines
The Queen's Birthday Honours List
The summer magazine is our biggest to date, and it is packed full of news and information; including our annual summary of activity - ‘A Year in the Life of the NFF’. There is information on the New Employment Model, the Help to Buy Scheme for priority house purchase, and our exclusive competition to win an annual family pass for Merlin Attractions.
New Careers Service Launched for Injured Personnel
MOD Contract Rules Changes Could Save the Taxpayer Millions
South Coast Proms
The musical extravaganza featuring the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines will be held in Portsmouth on 5 & 6 July. There will also be aerobatic displays and fireworks; it will be fun for all the family! Battle of the Atlantic veterans are being invited to attend the event for free. Click here for more information and to book tickets.
Last Type 42 Warship Decommissions
Money Saving iPhone App
A new iPhone app, from the Defence Discount Service, is set to help the Defence community save cash. Whether it’s cheap cinema trips, a bargain outfit or the latest deals on laptops, the app allows users to get the most up-to-date savings. Click here for details.
Revised Pension Calculator NOW AVAILABLE & an Update on the Future Armed Forces Pension Scheme
The new pension calculator is now available. It is a useful tool that allows you to see the benefits you will accrue under the new Armed Forces Pension Scheme 15 (AFPS15). Click here for details, including some useful You Tube videos, and to read a message from the Chief of Naval Personnel & Training and Second Sea Lord, which provides an update on pensions, focusing on the new Early Departure Payment (EDP) point.
This website offers a wide range of short videos for parents and carers. From hard hitting issues such as drugs and bullying, to the normal themes of growing up; peer pressure, sex education and homework. The videos offer useful and realistic advice from professional experts. Each video signposts to in-depth information and support help lines.
Young Singers Wanted!
New Online Update Service for CRB Checks
Waiting for criminal record (CRB) checks can cause Service spouses/partners, who move frequently, delays when seeking employment in a new area. From 17 June 2013, a new online Update Service will be introduced for these checks. Please note that CRB checks are now called Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Click here for details.
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Camo Day: June 2013
Improved Flexibility with Overseas Travel Allowances
Earlier this year, amendments were made to the tri-Service policy on overseas allowances, which benefit families living overseas. The amendments help harmonise and widen eligibility for the following allowances: Get You Home (Overseas), School Children's Visits, and Concessionary Travel for Families. Click here for details.
Kings Camp: Portsmouth
Kings Camp is coming back to Portsmouth! The summer holiday camps provide the children of Service personnel with an action packed week of fun and sports activities. The camps will run from 29 July - 2 August at HMS TEMERAIRE, and 5 - 9 August at HMS Collingwood.
Introduction of the Naval Nanny Service
Free Carvery to Celebrate Armed Forces Day
Battle of the Atlantic 70th Anniversary
To mark the 70th anniversary of this historic event, the Royal Navy, supported by
Royal Marine: “My Wife Definitely has the Harder Job”
Click here to watch a short video on the BBC website, in which Colour Sgt Dominic Conway from 40 Commando, and his wife Rebecca, share their experiences of what it's like being apart for months at a time.
The Defence Secretary has announced that the pattern of Brigade rotations for Op HERRICK will change from October. As a result, some Service personnel will be required to serve extended tours in Afghanistan, of up to 8 and potentially 9 months. A new HERRICK Drawdown Allowance is being introduced for affected personnel. Click here for details.
Offers to Improve Energy Efficiency: Such as the Green Deal
Various companies advertise offers to improve the energy efficiency of your home, including Government initiatives such as the Green Deal. However, before customers in Service Family Accommodation are tempted to take advantage of these offers they should very carefully read the terms and conditions of the offer so they understand their liability and any liability placed on the property. Click here for further details.
Uniform to Work Day: 26 June
Your Award Winning Team
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Chief of Naval Personnel & Training and Second Sea Lord’s Commendation.
This prestigious award acknowledges our achievements and our commitment to support families.
We are over the moon and hope that the endorsement will strengthen our position as we continue to take families’ concerns forward to policy makers.
Photo (CROWN COPYRIGHT): Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral David Steel CBE, and Naval Secretary, Rear Admiral Woodcock OBE, with recipients of their Commendations pose on the steps of Admiralty House after the awards ceremony.
First Sea Lord’s Intent
Click here to read a message from the new First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas KCB DSC FRAeS ADC. The message outlines his vision for the Naval Service in the future as it develops to achieve its strategic aims.
The New Operating Model for Defence
Joint Forces Command Becomes Fully Operational
NFF Awarded Funding from LIBOR Fines
The NFF is delighted to announce that we have been awarded £343,500 by the Government, from the fines levied on banks for attempting to manipulate the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) benchmark.
Several other very worthwhile causes and charities that support the Armed Forces community have been allocated funding from the bank fines. Click here to read the full article on the HM Treasury website.
Further applications to the LIBOR Fund in support of the Armed Forces are invited. Click here for details.
Royal Navy Launches First Women's Network
The Veterans' Transition Review
The Veterans' Transition Review, led by Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC, was established by the Government in September 2012 to look at the advice and support available to personnel returning to civilian life from the Armed Forces. The Review will examine all aspects of transition, consulting Government Departments, charities, industry and the Services themselves.
Veterans Medals: The Arctic Star & Bomber Command Clasp
The Prime Minister announced in December 2012 that the Arctic Star and the Bomber Command Clasp awards will be made in recognition of the great bravery of those who contributed to two very significant campaigns of World War Two. All the details have now been confirmed for the awards and the application process has opened. Click here for details.
Mali: UK Involvement
For some time now, the UK has been deeply concerned about the situation in Mali and the threat that violent extremist groups in the north of the country pose to the citizens of Mali, regional stability and international security. Click here to find out about the UKs involvement.
In a report published in February 2013 the Commons Welsh Affairs Committee says that public bodies need to do more to support Armed Forces veterans in Wales, particularly in the key areas of housing and health where there are currently problems with provision. Click for details.
International Defence Engagement Strategy
The Government’s International Defence Engagement Strategy (IDES) has been published (7 February 2013). It sets out how all Defence activity short of combat operations will be prioritised to focus engagement efforts on those countries which are most important to our national interests, and where we are most likely to achieve the desired effect. Personnel can read the Defence Internal Brief 2013DIB/09 on the Defence Intranet for further details.
MOD Publishes Summary of its Equipment Plan
Click here to read the MOD Equipment Plan. Click here to read the NAO Report on the Plan. Their report states that MOD has taken significant positive steps to deal with the previous funding gap and to lay the foundations for stability going forward. For further information personnel can see the Defence Internal Brief 2013DIB/07 on the Defence Intranet.
TV License Guidance
Click here for information specific to Service personnel and their families about TV licenses. It explains the circumstances that require a license and what the license covers. It looks at those in MOD accommodation, their own homes, and those overseas.
First Sea Lord's Strategic Priorities: 2013
Click here to read a message from the First Sea Lord on the Royal Navy's strategic priorities for 2013.
New Operating Model: ‘How Defence Works’
The need for a new Operating Model was identified by Lord Levene in 2011’s Defence Reform Review. ‘How Defence Works’ explains how the most fundamental re-organisation of Defence since the 1980’s will deliver a model which, as envisaged by Lord Levene, “ensures that the whole is more than the sum of its parts and which has affordability at its core”. Click here for further details.