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Armed Forces Covenant

What is the Armed Forces Covenant?

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation to those who serve or who have served, and their families, which says we will do all we can to ensure they are treated fairly and are not disadvantaged in their day-to-day lives.

The Armed Forces Covenant relies on the people, communities, and businesses of the UK to actively support it in order to make a difference.

The Covenant has 2 principles:

  • The Armed Forces community should not face disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services, and
  • Special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most such as the injured and the bereaved.

Who does it support?

  • Regular Personnel - Naval Service (including Marines), Army and Royal Air Force
  • Reservists - both regular and volunteer
  • Merchant Navy - staff and officers on particular operations
  • Veterans - anyone who has served for at least a day as either regular personnel or Reservist
  • Families - spouses, civil partners, children but can also include parents, unmarried partners or other family members (in some cases it may be appropriate to consider separated/divorced spouses or civil partners as part of the Community too)
  • Bereaved - immediate family of the deceased, whatever the reason for their death

Covenant for Communities

The Armed Forces Covenant outlines the moral obligation between the nation, the government and the armed forces. It encourages local communities to support the armed forces community in their area and promote understanding and awareness among the public of issues affecting the armed forces community.

Colchester has a long history of supporting the soldiers that live and work within the town, and their families.  As part of this Colchester Borough Council has signed the Armed Forces Covenant. 

Our Armed Forces Champion is Cllr Lyn Barton (Member Champion).  


Our Officer contact is Samantha Goodman, Community Development Officer.


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