Two birds with one stone?

It's no secret that being a mobile military family can make it difficult for spouses and partners to maintain a career. In AFF’s 2018 research, conducted with The University of Warwick, you told us that access ...

The Big Career Shake-Up

Programme Castle is set to completely modernise the way your soldier’s career is currently structured. So how is it going to change things? We asked the director of the scheme, Brigadier James Cook, to tell us…...

Constant choirs connect

When you move around frequently and often at short notice, it can be tough settling in and making new friends, but the Military Wives Choirs (MWC) can provide that continuity with a ready-made group who just ge...

Beca’s hash recipe

This is a great way of using up leftovers and keeping washing up to a minimum. Corned beef hash is a forces’ classic that’s on the menu in many cookhouses. It needs minimal ingredients but is a tasty and fillin...

Feeding my army

Beca Lyne-Pirkis is best known for her Welsh language cookery show Becws on S4C and as a contestant on The Great British Bake Off. As a military wife too, she loves singing with her local Military Wives Choir a...

Thriving Lives Toolkit

A toolkit is now available to help schools boost their support for service children. Thriving Lives has been created by the Service Children’s Progression (SCiP) Alliance and partners across the UK after gathe...

Wraparound childcare

Wraparound care trial in Catterick There’s good news if you’re based in Catterick with children aged four to 11, you can now apply for free before- and after-school childcare. The pilot scheme, which began ...

Setting Standards

Army&You spoke to some early years settings to find out how they support service children… The Nest, Tidworth - 27 service children out of 32 How will the nursery help my child settle in? We’ll send a pa...

The son of a soldier

To commemorate April’s Month of the Military Child, we are sharing a poignant poem written by year 11 pupil, Jese Raratabu, from Wavell School, who wrote it as part of his English GCSE work during lockdown… Be...

Caring for your little ones

Most of us are familiar with that feeling of uncertainty that comes with yet another move. For many of you, an area that’s often overlooked by the process is childcare. AFF’s survey last year showed that 55 pe...