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Army LGBT+ Network Conference 2022

Join the Army LGBT+ Network on the 16th of February for their virtual Conference on Leadership and Authenticity. The conference will be held on MS Teams between 0930 - 1530 UKT!

This year’s conference aims to share best practices, tackle ongoing diversity, inclusion issues and connect with other individuals.

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Cyber Confidence: Communication Methods

The MOD’s Cyber Confident in Defence team is focussing on Communication Methods and has shared a few vital tips to be more vigilant online - after all, the cyber front line is you.

For more guidance visit the Cyber Confident in Defence SharePoint site, the Defence Connect page, or email the team at [email protected].

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The Big Salute 2022

Each year the BFBS Big Salute invites forces charities to apply for grants to support specific projects for the serving military, families or veterans.

Following last year’s application process, the BFBS Big Salute committee has awarded grants to five charities.

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One month left to have your say

Have your say about life in the Armed Forces by completing the Continuous Attitude Survey and have your voice heard!

You don't have long though as the closing date is Monday 7 February!

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The Defence Women's Network

Make sure you check out the latest events organised by the Defence Women's Network.

You can find out all the information along with how you can sign up in their weekly bulletin!

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HRH The Duchess of Cornwall becomes BFBS Patron

We are delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall as Patron of BFBS – and are looking forward to introducing HRH to the fantastic welfare and entertainment services we offer the armed forces, their families and veterans.

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Pension Taxation Seminars for the Armed Forces

The MOD has secured seminars and 1-to-1 sessions for Armed Forces personnel who received a Pension Savings Statement this year. These events will run from 10 Jan 22 until Feb 22.

The seminars will provide an overview, assistance and more!

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MOD Education Support Fund

The MOD Education Support Fund (ESF) is open to publicly funded schools, Academies and Free schools in the UK attended by Service children whose parents are subject to frequent mobility/deployment. 

In total, 69 applicants secured funding which will directly benefit approximately 16,500 Service children across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Photo credit: Army Design Studio

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The Future Accommodation Model Pilot (Update)

The Ministry of Defence is exploring how it can provide armed forces personnel with more choice of housing and meet their aspirations for home ownership

Through the Future Accommodation Model (FAM) pilot there is an accommodation offer that gives Service personnel more flexibility and choice over where, how and with whom they live.

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Always A Rifleman Programme

For veterans and their dependents of The Rifles or forming and antecedent regiments, there’s a dedicated service available 24/7.

It is proven to save lives and provides face-to-face coaching, mentoring and mental health support so call 0800 470 0941 or visit their website.

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Support our Armed Forces Community

Join over 1,000 GP practices and become Veteran Friendly accredited to unlock training for your practice and vital support for your veteran patients.

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Fighting Fit Newsletter

What have you learned during your time serving that has helped improve your daily working life or your work-life balance in the Armed Forces?

Sign up to our Fighting Fit newsletter and explore how to make the most of your wellbeing and work/life balance in the Armed Forces.

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Play Safe: Cyber Confidence in Online Gaming

Online gaming can be a great way to relax and provides social interaction between players. However, there can be a darker side as adversaries use the opportunity to build a shared online experience and gather information about you.

For more guidance surrounding Online Gaming visit the Defence Connect page by clicking below or email the team at [email protected]!

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Headspace licences for Army Service Personnel

The Army has partnered with Headspace to provide FREE Headspace licences for all Army SP, usually £49.99/ year.

Headspace is a personal guide, with hundreds of meditations and exercises for sleep, focus, and movement.

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The McCloud Consultation is Coming

The MOD is undertaking a public consultation which details the changes that will be made to the Armed Forces Pension Scheme regulations and the effect on members.

The consultation will explain the impact of the draft regulations, including the closing of the legacy pension schemes and is expected to run for eight weeks.

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New Defence Digital Service Centre

The new Defence Digital Service Centre is now LIVE and ready to provide front line service and support for IT incidents.

The Virtual Agent icon, Alix is now on desktops and, to find out more, click the button below!

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Get involved with the Tommy 10k

The Tommy 10k is a 10k walk, run, or wheeled event to raise money for Royal British Legion Industries which is looking to help raise vital funds for the charity’s Centenary Village.

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Trial FM services at Dover and Bovington

BFBS Radio is now available in Bovington and Dover on FM for a trial 12-month period until September 2022 - you can listen in Dover on 90.8 FM and in Bovington on 100.8 FM.

If you have listened in these areas then we'd love to know your feedback, which you can do below!

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FAM Pilot sites feedback needed

FAO HMNB Clyde, Aldershot Garrison and RAF Wittering FAM Pilot Sites ONLY. If you are at a FAM pilot site, the researchers from the FAM Team need your help to form the future Defence accommodation offer. 

This is your opportunity to help them find out what works best for Service personnel, partners and families.

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Access news from around the world

Want to have access to over 7,000 newspapers and magazines wherever you are?

With PressReader you can and, exclusive with BFBS, you can get enjoy a special discount too!

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How are we doing?

Tell us what you think about our Radio and TV services by completing a short survey and, as a thank you, you'll be entered into our quarterly prize draw to win £200 of online shopping vouchers.

The latest entertainment

Through our BFBS Shortlist we give you the latest information about things happening on the big screen, TV, radio and more!