Thursday, 29 August 2013

Bidding for Armed Forces Covenant (LIBOR) fund tranche 3 opens soon

The aim of the fund is to support the two principles of the Armed Forces Covenant: That members of the Armed Forces community should not face disadvantage in comparison to other... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Monday, 26 August 2013

NEM Myth Buster - Helping to Explain

From the NEM Team at MoD. The current employment model dates back to the 1970s. Some aspects are still very good and need to be protected however, other aspects have failed to keep pace with the way in which our people live their lives in the 21st Century. The New Employment Model (NEM) will be designed to... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Friday, 23 August 2013

CDS and his View of the Future

An article in today's Telegraph 'Forces feel left out and let down, warns defence chief' uses quotes from the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nicholas Houghton, from an interview he gave to MoD's Defence Focus magazine. In response the MoD has issued... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Elaine West becomes the RAF's first female Two Star Officer

The RAF has appointed its first ever female two-star officer and in doing so has shown that the sky’s the limit for women in the military, the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Our stories in RAF News - So unfair

Give credit where credit is due. We hear from a young serviceman who thinks it unfair and unreasonable that he has to use his... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

84 Sqn, RAF, help bring fire at Episkopi under control

Members of 84 Sqn RAF and off duty personnel were called to assist Cypriot firefighters bring a fire under control in the Sovereign Base Area of Episkopi over the weekend. The huge fire... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Complete move from Lashkar Gah to Camp Bastion in the early hours

The headquarters of British forces deployed in Afghanistan has moved from Lashkar Gah to Camp Bastion in an early morning helicopter operation hailed as probably the most complex... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

RAF Lossiemouth prepares for Tornado/Typhoon transition

Building work at RAF Lossiemouth has begun in preparation for the transition from Tornado aircraft to Typhoons. Hangar 3 has been renovated in... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Friday, 16 August 2013

Film funded by Community Covenant Grant Scheme in Bradford

The Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme has funded a short film entitled 'Bradford's Armed Forces Past and Present'. The short film by Bradford UNESCO City of Film reveals some... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Minister comments on sophisticated flying training at RAF Valley

Philip Dunne MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology visited RAF Valley to see a demonstration of the UK’s military flying training system (UKMFTS) and the Hawk T2... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Poor Transition out of the Services costs the State £ Millions

The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), established through a Big Lottery Fund endowment to improve the transition of Service personnel, and their families, from military into civilian life has launched its seminal... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Armed Forces Families: Underemployment and Overseas Employment

We are running a survey for partners and spouses of serving Armed Forces personnel. Your feedback is also welcome if you are a partner that also serves in the Armed Forces. This is an important survey as it looks at overseas employment and... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Thursday, 15 August 2013

MoD comments Service Pension Payments

An article in the Times claims the MoD is reviewing pension rules with regard to breaks in service and immediate departure payments. In response the MoD has issued the following statement:  "We are aware that a few individuals who... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

RAF News interviews Air Marshal Baz North on the NEM Consultation

RAF News interviews Air Marshal Baz North on the NEM Consultation and why it is so important for everyone to get involved... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Nominate Bravery in the Armed Forces - the annual Millies have been launched

His Royal Highness Prince Charles has launched the 2013 Sun Military Awards to salute the bravery of the Armed Forces. Following last year’s hugely successful event, the sixth annual ‘Millies’ have been... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

RAF families are treated to a special screening of Disney's new film 'Planes'

Families from RAF Odiham, Halton, Northolt and High Wycombe attended a special screening of Disney’s new animated film ‘Planes’ on Sunday. The screening was organised by... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Monday, 12 August 2013

New Director takes on challenges facing Young People across the MoD

Mike Cooper has taken up the post as the 2* Director of Children & Young People (DCYP). In his role as Director, Mike provides the Adjutant General, who is the Principal Personnel Officer for children’s issues across the MoD, with... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Our stories in the RAF News - Don’t pay empty homes premium

We hear from a serviceman living in SSFA overseas who received a letter from the local council, stating that they were increasing the council tax on their house in the UK by 50 per cent because of... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Monday, 5 August 2013

NEW - Tax Relief for Laundry Expenses

HMRC and the MoD have been working together on a number of areas of compliance with tax regulations. Generally, outside of the Services, employees are... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Why should the RAF engage with the Armed Forces Covenant?

When Patrick Eade of BFBS visited units at Tidworth, Colchester, Ballykinler and Herford it become obvious to him that a large percentage of the forces and their families hadn’t... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

A special Facebook Group for Parents of those in the RAF

On Forces Life on BFBS with Patrick Eade, Patrick speaks with Bill Mahon, Director of the RAF Families Federation, about the special Facebook group that the Federation hosts for parents of... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Saturday, 3 August 2013

The MoD says 'safety first' as newspaper criticises RAF procedures

The Daily Mail reports that a 'row' over replacing a punctured tyre on a RAF Voyager caused by a bird strike as the aircraft was taking off led to military personnel on their way home from Afghanistan... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Two thousand feet up RAF Crew grave is preserved in Granite

A memorial marking the crash site of a RAF aircrew has been flown onto a remote mountainside in the Highlands by a RAF Chinook helicopter. In April 1941, during the... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

The Future is NEM - so please get involved

Patrick Eade of BFBS with Forces Life…has been chatting with Bill Mahon, the Director of the RAF Families Federation. It’s a time of great change for all three... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

The Word from Cyprus

A team from the RAF Families Federation and Forces Life on BFBS, have been in Cyprus – taking soundings in Episkopi, Dhekelia, Ay Nik and Akrotiri. Before heading back to... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Friday, 2 August 2013

"Can't concentrate, my teeth hurt" RAF Dentist in Afgan comes to the rescue

A RAF Dental Officer in Afghanistan has been treating Zino a Military Working Dogs at Kandahar Air Field. Sqn Ldr Stuart Marshall and dental nurse Private Naomi Kingsbury, make... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

The last VC10 C1K 'BOB' Retires

The last Vickers VC10 C1K (XR808) has been delivered to Bruntingthorpe by 101 Sqn, RAF Brize Norton and into retirement. This is the latest stage of the... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this lin,