School Rules

THE Government has changed the law for how long children need to remain in education in England. Wherever you are posted, here are the options: Full-time school or college education, an apprenticeship or emp...

Support for children in Wales

SEPTEMBER 2012 saw the Welsh Government take responsibility for Service children in the Vale of Glamorgan. Katie Coleman became a Forces Family Support Officer, as a result of the MOD’s £3m fund for schools wit...

Unfair allowance for families’ capital move

WE ARE a group of wives from a regiment due to move to the London area. While our Welfare Team has been excellent in helping to prepare us, there is one aspect we feel is completely unfair. Now the MOD has r...

Promotion postponement

THE ARMY has a bizarre way of rewarding promotion. My husband was selected for advancement but will have to remain in his current regimental post because his replacement will not be available until the very end...

Dry cleaning discussions

IN MARCH 2012 my husband contacted HMRC in relation to claiming a tax allowance for the cleaning of uniforms. We received a letter which said that discussions were taking place with the MOD regarding laundry fa...

STAR LETTER: Counting the pennies

I REMEMBER reading a letter in the AFF Journal from an Army spouse who highlighted the fact that the chain of command were not taking into account the strain on Army families’ finances when planning events and ...

For the little troopers at home…

AS the 7th Armoured Brigade, the Desert Rats, began a long nine months in Afghanistan, My Daddy is a Soldier Adventures flew to Germany to surprise the families left behind. The charity, which supports child...

Armed Forces Minister visits the Poppy Factory

MARK Francois, Minister of State for the Armed Forces, visited the Poppy Factory’s Richmond headquarters recently to experience first-hand the work undertaken by the charity on behalf of disabled veterans. T...

Service charity Surf Action live on Lottery show

THE Cornish military charity Surf Action is appearing on the live BBC National Lottery Show this Saturday. Earlier this year, Surf Action was successful in winning an award from The Big Lottery Fund under th...