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2015 Pension Remedy update

The MOD Armed Forces Pension Scheme Retrospective Remedy Consultation is now open. The consultation applies to Regular, Reserve and Veteran UK Armed Forces personnel who were in pensionable Service on or before 31 March 2012 and on or after 1st April 2015 and did not have a gap in Service longer than 5 years.

It’s an opportunity to provide feedback directly to the MOD on the legislation and remedy polices and their impact. You’ll be able to submit your responses by following the consultation response link to Microsoft forms and then answering the consultation questions listed.

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Royal Navy Apprenticeships Virtual Experience

The Royal Navy offers over 20 different apprenticeships across a variety of roles such as Engineering, Warfare and Logistics.

So, don't miss the Royal Navy Apprenticeships Virtual Experience on the 7th of February to discover the roles available, the skills you can gain & where in the world you can go. Tickets are free so book yours by clicking below!

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Your virtual experience at RAF World

Join an immersive, free virtual experience at RAF World on the 8th of February from 1800-2030 UKT and discover where your future could take you.

Gain a sense of what life is like in the RAF, the apprenticeships available, and how you can have a unique and thrilling career! To book your FREE ticket, click below!

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Cyber Confident in Defence

Do you know which of your PEDs (Portable Electronic Devices) can be taken into Information Protection Zones? Here's a quick overview...

Green/Yellow Zones - all PEDs can be carried without any authorisation.
Amber Zones - only accredited PEDs are allowed in.
Red Zones - no PEDs are allowed to be brought in for any reason. 

To get more information, visit the Cyber Confident in Defence SharePoint, Defence Connect or you can email by clicking below!

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Recovery through the arts

Bravo 22 Company is an award-winning recovery through the arts programme for the Armed Forces community.

The programme provides an opportunity to develop new skills as well as help to improve confidence, self-awareness and motivation to support an individual’s recovery and transition into civilian life.

The new programme for the spring season has just launched so, to find out more details and register just click the button below!

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Movies on the road

Our BFBS Movie Machine is back touring the UK serving up a feast of blockbuster movies, just for you.

To see where it’s going to be, and when, click below!

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Join BFBS Gurkha on TikTok

BFBS Gurkha is now officially on TikTok - with exciting stuff planned around entertainment, news, as well as the 200-year history of supporting the British Army, make sure you give the team a follow!

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Fancy winning £200 of shopping vouchers?

How do you fancy winning £200 of shopping vouchers? It's very simple and will take no more than 10 minutes.

If you are serving in the Armed Forces, an employee of the MoD or a dependent then let us know your thoughts about our services and, in return, we'll enter you into our prize draw!

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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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Producing live events around the word

Our BFBS Live Events team create award-winning entertainment for our armed forces.

From small mess functions to family days, large scale outdoor concerts to award ceremonies, and everything in-between, speak to the team to see how they can help.

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Headspace licences for serving personnel

Headspace is a personal guide, with hundreds of meditations and exercises for sleep, focus, and movement. Due to existing partnerships, you could get a FREE licence, usually £49.99/ year.

To find out more head to the following websites: Royal Navy, Army or RAF.

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For the love of esports

From gaming halls to special guests, tournaments and more, discover the latest from the world of esports.

If you have or know of an esports event coming up then you can also let our team know!

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NHS Armed Forces briefing

The latest stakeholder briefing from the Armed Forces Health team is now available, to find out more just click the download button below!

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How do members of the armed forces work flexibly?

The newest episode of the 'Flexible Working in the Armed Forces' is now available. This series explores flexible working through the experiences of servicemen and women.

In this episode, WO2 James ‘Dutchy’ Van-Der-Linden shares his experience of working alternative arrangements.

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All about the social (media)

Partnering with the Military Co-working Network (MCN), which provides spaces for military partners to work, study and learn together, SMSpouses will be heading out to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus on the 22nd of February 2023.

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DDS Savings Amid Cost of Living Crisis

The Defence Discount Service has partnered with big name brands to offer the UK’s armed forces, defence community, veterans and spouses some much needed savings on household and utility purchases.

They’ve teamed up with the likes of BT, Boxt, O2 and Sky to provide exclusive offers from boilers and MOTs to home insurance and phone contracts. This is to thank the defence community for their continued dedication and to help with the current economic situation.

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Universal Credit claims (living overseas update)

For anyone currently or due to be stationed outside the UK who may be eligible to claim Universal Credit, there is now additional guidance available to make the process of selecting an address clearer.

The MOD has worked to improve support, including allocating one DWP team to manage all overseas armed forces claims. To get help, or support, then email using the link below!

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Celebrating Forces Families Awards 2023

Following the success of the Celebrating Forces Families Awards earlier this year, we are going again in London on Friday the 28th of April 2023 and are now looking for sponsors.

There are several packages, with different values, available so if you would like to help or know of an organisation who might be interested then we would love to hear from you!

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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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Motor Finance Protocol

A new policy, introduced on the 1st of June, by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) should remove any disadvantages faced by serving personnel who have a motor finance policy for a vehicle in the UK but are required to deploy overseas.

This is only for members of the FLA and it's essential that any personnel taking out a lease-hire ensure they make it clear that they are a member of the Armed Forces to ensure the protocol applies.

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FDIS contract change

The new FDIS Accommodation contracts has come into force which will replace the current National Housing Prime (NHP) contract.

Improving the lived experience for Service Personnel and customer service are at the heart of the new FDIS Accommodation contracts.

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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.

The latest entertainment

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