Unexpected delivery

Jon, a veteran, and his serving wife Isobel have just had twin baby girls while assigned to Cyprus. Jon says: “On hearing we were posted to Cyprus we planned on having another child, as it fitted well into o...

Having a baby overseas

Having a baby is an exciting time and understanding what support you can expect when you’re assigned overseas can help you plan, as every location is different… AFF Overseas Manager Esther Thomas says: “Ther...

Remote midwife service launched in Europe

A new remote midwife service has been launched for military mums-to-be in certain European locations and Turkey.   The new initiative was launched in May 2023 by the Central European Practice (CEP), which ov...
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SHAPE celebrates army of volunteers

The Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe has paid tribute to volunteers whose efforts help to underpin a thriving British community at SHAPE. “The inclusive atmosphere we have here at SHAPE enables a strong...

Youth work overseas

To find out more about what support Defence offers young people on a posting overseas, AFF Overseas Manager Esther Thomas met Becky Wakefield, Chief Community Development Officer, Army Welfare Service (AWS)… ...

Can I take my car on an overseas posting?

Families often ask AFF if they can take their car on an overseas posting if it has outstanding finance or if they have to pay it off before departing. The good news is that if your finance provider is a memb...

Defence Attachés in focus

There are around 150 Defence Attachés (DA) deployed around the globe to work in embassies and High Commissions representing Defence overseas. Attachés come from all branches of the military and can be assigne...

Claiming benefits abroad as an army family

AFF is often asked what benefits you may be able to claim or continue to claim overseas as a non-serving partner, if you’re trying to find work for example, or if you’re a single serving parent who needs help...

SHAPE’s musical youth

SHAPE is set to lose one of its most popular volunteers, reports Debbie Fallaha, Youth and Community Development Worker at HQ Global Support Organisation. Craig Mulvihill has served with the Royal Marines an...

Job hurdles for military spouses overseas

An overseas posting can be an exciting experience but if you accompany your soldier, will you be able to maintain your career or find a job? Jill Misson reports… Host nation agreements set out the terms unde...