Friday, 23 March 2018

Latest DDS Discounts

Do not show military ID or anything to identify yourself as military in Northern Ireland. 

Thursday, 22 March 2018

RAF Centenary Gala - 31 March 2018

Royal Gala to mark the Centenary of the Royal Air Force on this special Easter weekend.
The Royal Air Force was formed on 1st April 1918 and on the eve of this historic event, our special and unique evening at the Royal Albert Hall will feature a star-studded programme to celebrate and commemorate the iconic and poignant occasions in its heroic 100 years and inspire the next 100 through our young people.

It will be a night of outstanding music, comedy, ceremonial drill, screen footage and personal recollections by those who have served – and continue to serve – in the defence of our country. Alongside some of our best known and treasured artists, you will see the Bands of the Royal Air Force, the Royal Air Force Squadronaires and Salon Orchestra alongside the Queen’s Colour Squadron of the Royal Air Force and the Royal Air Force Air Cadets .
Don’t miss this one in a Century occasion to show your support for the Royal Air Force as it marks its 100 years of outstanding service to the United Kingdom and be part of this unique tribute on 31st March.

AFF - Visa Success

AFF celebrates visa success on behalf of F&C Army families

The Army Families Federation (AFF) is delighted that after five years of lobbying on their behalf, Foreign & Commonwealth (F&C) Army families should now find the process of applying for a visa to enter the UK much easier and fairer, thanks to the addition of an 'Armed Forces' option on the form.

Change needed
Since 2013, when the new Armed Forces immigration rules came into effect, all non-EEA family members of soldiers wishing to apply for a visa to enter the UK have had to use an online form.

Unfortunately, the form didn't have an option to apply as the spouse of a soldier, which created a number of problems.

Tackling unfair disadvantage
AFF has fought tirelessly for this to be changed and is pleased to learn that the form has now been updated to include an Armed Forces option.

AFF's Foreign & Commonwealth Specialist Katherine Houlston, who deals with Army families' visa related queries and concerns, said:

"This is a positive change for families and a great success for AFF. This should now mean less confusion over what type of visa applicants should select, which will lead to fewer rejected applications. Families should now find that completing the form is a much simpler process."

The charity, who last year dealt with over 2,000 F&C enquiries, 67 per cent of those relating to visas, says that the vital difference to families is that they will no longer have to pay the immigration health surcharge upfront and then wait months for a refund.

Find out more
All new visa applicants should now submit their applications via

To find more about AFF's work in support of F&C families, visit their brand new website,

JSHAO: Housing Brief - Worthy Down, Winchester - 2nd May 18

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

AFF Survey

The impact of an overseas posting: share your views Has your Army family been posted overseas in the last 3 years? Even if you’re now back in the UK, take our latest survey to help us discover more about the biggest challenges an overseas posting can bring. Tell us about: Housing Education Employment Healthcare Welfare support Armed with your evidence, we can continue to push for positive changes and add to the successes we’ve achieved on your behalf so far. Survey is live from 19 March to 16 April. Click here to take part now. 

Friday, 16 March 2018

MOD - An Introduction To Pensions

See the Army Transition Information Sheet on PENSIONS at this link