Disunited state

NOT having an allowance to cover the cost of flights at half-terms for our sons to visit us in the States is one of the biggest heartbreaks of our current posting.  We rely on friends and family to look afte...

Aiming high

AFF has commissioned York St John University to look at the attainment of Service children. Moving from school to school and changing teachers and topics can cause upheaval and parents have told us that thei...

Complaint conundrum

I WAS made redundant in tranche two of the Armed Forces’ redundancy programme – just 87 days short of reaching my 16-year immediate pension point. As a result, I received a remuneration package worth less th...

Positive move

I’D LIKE to put something positive across about the sometimes negative subject of moving when posted. I have just completed a move with my partner, my first away from my home county of Yorkshire. I had heard...

All smiles in Cyprus

Children’s dentistry clinics are back on. Each centre has been hosting children and their families on selected Monday afternoons in 2013 and these will continue throughout this year. They aim to encourage...

11+ things YOU need to know about the 11+

1. There are 164 grammar schools in England, 69 in Northern Ireland but none in Scotland or Wales 2. Grammar schools are state secondary schools which by law can select all their pupils on the grounds of aca...

Beware the pension liberators

There are companies in civvy street known as pension liberators which promise to release your pension and lump sum benefits early. Some unscrupulous ones prey on unsuspecting individuals, using the promise of r...

Rural postings

If you choose to accompany your soldier on their postings, sooner or later you may face one to a rural area. This is likely to increase as rebasing plans see the expansion of some isolated camps. Jill Baines, A...

Life-changing study

MY husband Nickolas and I are originally from Guyana, South America and I married into the British Army in 2005 after we got together during his basic training. My father was a lawyer and I used to work and ...

Supporting SEN

AFF has commented on your behalf during the consultation for the new Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice. If you have a child with SEN, the reforms – which come into effect in September – will dire...