The Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation to those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, that they are treated fairly

The Armed Forces Covenant was signed by the Leader of Hampshire County Council and representatives of the Armed Forces in June 2011. All local authorities have now signed the Covenant.

The County Council’s approach is based on the following principles:

  • No disadvantage - this ensures members of the armed forces community experience no disadvantage as a result of their service in the armed forces
  • Smooth transition - this ensures appropriate actions are taken to support the transition from military to civilian life
  • Work with partners to reduce duplication. Make efficient use of all available resources to deliver the best possible outcomes for members of the armed forces community

The ambition is that the County Council’s support for the armed forces is embedded into mainstream services, based on evidenced need.

The Armed Forces Covenant is based upon two key principles:

  • The Armed Forces community should not face disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services
  • Special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most such as the injured and the bereaved

For further information about the covenant there are some very useful resources, including an e-learning course.



National Homelessness Advice Service


Veterans Friendly GP Practices initiative

Veteran Aware NHS trusts


Army Families Federation

Naval Families Federation

RAF Families Federation


The Service Leavers Guide offers information and advice prior to and after leaving regular service and contains information about armed forces pensions, resettlement and support from charitable organisations.


Armed Forces Covenant for Business

Defence Employer Recognition Scheme


SSAFA's Friendly to Forces campaign