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‘It’s nice to just be you’: The influence of the employment experiences of UK military spouses during accompanied postings on well-being

Repeated military relocations (accompanied postings) can have a detrimental effect on employment and well-being among the spouses and partners of military personnel. Semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with 19 spouses of British Army/Royal Air Force personnel with recent experience of…

DSC Focus On: UK Armed Forces Charities – Sector Trends

The charity sector is neither static nor homogeneous. Charities come and go as beneficiary needs change, economic and social pressures shift, and public support peaks and dwindles. Charities which serve the armed forces community are no exception to the changing…

Survey Snapshot: Benefits and Challenges of Dispersed Living

The RAF Families Federation’s Dispersed Families Project is an initiative funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds, and aims to improve understanding of the lived experience of dispersed families in the Royal Air Force. A series of online surveys for…

The effect of non-operational family separations on family functioning and well-being among Royal Navy/Royal Marines families

Military families can experience a variety of different separations due to the occupational demands of Service personnel. The most prominent of these is the deployment of personnel on operational and combat missions. Previous international research has demonstrated how separations related…

Marriage and divorce after military deployment to Afghanistan: A matched cohort study from Sweden

To investigate the probability of marriage and divorce among Swedish military veterans deployed to Afghanistan relative to non-deployed matched comparators. Military veterans were identified through Swedish military personnel registers regarding foreign deployments, and comparators from the Military Service Conscription Register…

Benefit Not Burden (UK)

The Armed Forces covenant is a promise by the nation to ensure that people who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. It focuses on ensuring members of the Armed Forces community do…

Improving Delivery of the UK’s Armed Forces Covenant: How can organisations more effectively implement the Armed Forces Covenant across the UK in support of everyone in the Armed Forces Community?

The Covenant is an important policy mechanism designed to ensure that the Armed Forces Community does not suffer a disadvantage as a result of a person’s or their family member’s service in the Armed Forces, and as such it covers…

AFF Big Survey – New allocation & maintenance contract

Key findings 1. Families want to be able to manage living in SFA online. 2. Additional and accurate information is needed, especially when applying for housing. 3. Families want efficient and effective repairs, managed through a modern system. 4. Houses…

Loneliness and social isolation of military veterans: systematic narrative review

Loneliness and social isolation are being increasingly recognized as influencing both physical and mental health. There is limited research carried out with military veterans and, to date, there is no review of existing evidence. To synthesize and examine the evidence…