What is the Armed Forces Covenant?
To those who proudly protect our nation, who do so with honour, courage, and commitment, the Armed Forces Covenant is the nation’s commitment to you. It is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.
What is being done?
The covenant focusses on helping members of the armed forces community have the same access to government and commercial services and products as any other citizen.
This support is provided in a number of areas including:
- education and family well-being
- having a home
- starting a new career
- access to healthcare
- financial assistance
- discounted services
The covenant supports serving personnel, service leavers, veterans, and their families. And is fulfilled by the different groups that have committed to making a difference.
- Central government, overseen by the Ministerial Covenant and Veterans Board
- Single services (Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force)
- Businesses of all sizes
- Local government
- Cadet forces and their adult volunteers
In Northamptonshire, we are proud to play home to a number of companies, actively involved in supporting the pledge across the county. Please browse our directory of businesses signed up already for more information!
There are many ways that you - as an individual or a business - can engage with and become a part of the covenant.
You can get involved by...
Businesses, charitable, and public sector organisations of all sizes who wish to support the armed forces community can sign the covenant. You make your own promises on how you will demonstrate your support.
Reservists and veterans bring a variety of transferable skills and qualities to the civilian workplace, developed throughout their military careers.
Being flexible to the unique situations of the wider armed forces community ensures fair treatment to all who are involved, including the spouses and partners, and cadet force adult volunteers.
You decide how you want to support the armed forces community through your covenant promise. Advice is available to help you to write and tailor your pledge .
You can find out what the Armed Forces Covenant means for employers and get tips for covenant best practice.
Organisations can work with Career Transition Partnership’s (CTP) recruitment service to find quality applicants for apprenticeships, full time and vocational work opportunities. CTP provide a personalised service to employers, regardless of size throughout the UK and overseas to understand your skills gaps and employment requirements.
Another way to show your support is by offering discounts to the armed force community through the Defence Discount Service. Register for free .
Employer Recognition Scheme
The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) acknowledges employers who have provided exceptional support to the armed forces community and defence by going above and beyond their covenant pledges.
Through a 3 tier approach of bronze, silver and gold awards, the scheme recognises the different levels of commitment provided by employers. This allows the Ministry of Defence to publicly thank and honour those organisation for their support.
You can nominate yourself for a bronze award . Silver and gold awards are bestowed to organisations meeting specific criteria.
You can join the ERS LinkedIn group for the latest ERS news and connect with other supportive employers.