Armed Forces Covenant

What is the Armed Forces Covenant?

The Armed Forces Covenant is an agreement between the armed forces community, the nation and the government. It encapsulates the moral obligation to those who serve, have served, their families and the bereaved.

The covenant’s twin underlying principles are that members of the armed forces community should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services; and that special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given the most such as the injured or the bereaved.

For more information please read the Armed Forces Covenant: 2015 to 2020 policy paper. 


What does the Armed Forces Covenant mean for communities?

The covenant for communities supports the armed forces covenant. It is a voluntary, non-binding commitment by local councils to support members of the armed forces community in their area.

The aim is to embed and sustain activity, to ensure that members of the armed forces community receive the support they need in their local communities in recognition of their dedication and sacrifice; nurture public understanding and awareness of the issues affecting the armed forces community; and encourage activities, which help to integrate the armed forces community into local life.


We have compiled some resources for those who want to further their understanding of The Armed Forces Covenant or assist those familiar with the Covenant and needing advice.

1. The Armed Forces Covenant for Armed Forces Personnel 

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served, and their families, are treated fairly. It is an expectation that the nation will look after those who look after us. This commitment is made in recognition of the sacrifices you make on behalf of the country.

The module above will help you understand the Armed Forces Covenant as it is applied today, how it works and what to do if it isn't working.

2. The Armed Forces Covenant for Armed Forces Families 

The vast majority of the 2.8 million ex-Servicemen and women living in Britain today have successfully adapted to civilian life, putting the skills and experience they acquired while serving in the Armed Forces to good use. However, a significant minority can be in need of support either at the point of discharge or many years afterwards.

This e-learning has been developed by the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Armed Forces Covenant Partnership. It explains the commitment of the Armed Forces Covenant and how it can be honoured and implemented in the Community. It will help you understand and apply the principles of the Covenant at a local level. It also provides sources of further information and support.

4. Support and advice  

5. Veterans gateway

6. Work Redbridge

7. Redbridge Council Supporting veterans, serving families and reservists: