The impact of separation on non-UK army families

Separation is part and parcel of army life, but how do overseas deployments affect non-UK families in particular? Here AFF’s F&C team, made up of qualified immigration advisors, outlines some recent case...

School support during separation

Families approach AFF regularly to ask for support for their child when the serving parent goes away. The absence of a parent can cause many different feelings and emotions for children, with many parents tel...

Getting your finances in order

In terms of admin and finance, there’s a lot to prepare ahead of deployments, operations and exercises, so what do you need to think about when you’re spending time apart? AFF Money & Allowances Specialis...

Separated by service

What support is available to those separated by deployment and training? And how can those at home, help themselves? Jill Misson reports… With the focus on readiness, many personnel are away training and for...

Time apart – a reservist’s view…

Chris Graham was a regular for over 20 years and has been a reservist since 2019, so separation is something he’s used to. But his latest deployment to Kenya was his first spell away from his new partner, Cha...

Moving to Scotland when leaving the army

If you’re heading north of the border when your time comes to leave the army, it’s good to know that there’s work going on to help ensure that your final move goes smoothly. Susie Hamilton is the Scottish Ve...

Leaving the army: resettlement with a difference

Leaving the army is a life-changing event no matter where you’ve chosen to settle. But few will experience a seismic shift like the Brown family, who have swapped military life for the harsh landscape of Aust...

Army families feeling the squeeze

Household budgets have been hit hard by the rising cost of living and some army families are struggling to make ends meet. Jill Misson reports… The price of food and fuel has shot up recently, which is causi...