Background to our support for the Armed Forces Community in Hampshire

Our aim is to improve the prosperity of service personnel, their families, veterans and reservists

Our support is underpinned by the Armed Forces Covenant and Civilian Military Partnership.

Employer recognition scheme gold award

We were one of the first Local Authorities to sign the Covenant. There is a well established strategic Civilian Military Partnership Board. In 2016 our efforts were recognised with the prestigious Gold Award within the MOD Employer Recognition Scheme.

In 2021 Hampshire County Council was re-accredited the Gold Award.

Armed Forces Covenant Gold Award
Duke of Cambridge presents Gold Award to Hampshire County Council for Armed Forces support

The Armed Forces Community in Hampshire

Numbering over 85,000 (approximately 10% of our population), Hampshire has one of the largest Armed Forces communities in the UK.

Hampshire is unique in being the only local authority that has military bases for all three of the Armed Forces Services (Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force).

The 'Armed Forces Community' describes serving personnel in the Army, Navy, Royal Marines or Royal Air Force, including families, dependents, reservists and veterans.

A 'veteran' is defined as anyone who has served in the Armed Forces.

  • 1,200
  • reservists
  • 20,000
  • serving military personnel
  • 4,000
  • MOD civilians
  • 60,000
  • veterans

Healthcare needs

Understanding the healthcare needs of the local Armed Forces Community

Map of military bases

For information about which councils serve the various military bases, please see our map of military bases in Hampshire

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