Housing success for Army families

GREAT housing news for Army families – following years of AFF pushing for much-needed change, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has released a consultation paper encouraging local author...

Inclusive community connections

THE Royal British Legion has opened a new community branch 19 years after the lifting of the ban on lesbians, gay men and bi people serving in the Armed Forces. The Legion is encouraging LGBTQ+ veterans, tho...

Benefits bulletin

AFF receives a number of enquiries about entitlement to benefits. Karen Ross, our Health & Additional Needs Specialist, shares some things you need to know... IF YOU’RE over 16 and still receiving Disa...

Eat well for less

For many military families, groceries are the biggest monthly expense, so Army wife AJ Sharp, associate member of the Guild of Fine Food and Great Taste Awards judge, has gone back to basics to explore how we c...

Prepping to go

AS PART of the Army’s Rebasing Programme, families are returning from Germany to the UK to start a new chapter. Many of you will be moving to locations around Salisbury Plain and around 1,000 school places are ...

Best practice for pupils

AFF’S Education Specialist Jilly Carrell visited Mount Street Infant School in Brecon, close to the Infantry Battle School of Wales, to see first-hand how it supports the large number of Service children within...

A Postcard From… Oman

Mel, serving husband John and children Annie (5) and Eva (3) tell us about their Army family life in Oman’s capital city, Muscat... How long have you been an Army family? Since 2012. Time in Oman: Since...

How much is enough?

DISTURBANCE Expense (DE) is an issue that AFF comprehensively reported on back in 2014 following an overseas survey which suggested wide variations in actual moving costs incurred from Gibraltar (£2,000) to Can...

Learning the lingo

Did you know if you’re posted abroad, there’s a range of language training available to Army spouses? Esther Thomas, AFF’s Regional Manager Overseas, finds out more… THE Defence Centre for Languages and Cu...