Armed Forces Corporate Covenant

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The company that my wife works for has recently signed the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant. The covenant is a public pledge, made by a company or charity, to support the armed forces community.

The commitments made are not fixed, but the covenant always includes a core statement of commitment to two key principles:

  • No member of the armed forces community should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to any other citizen
  • In some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate, especially for the injured or bereaved

Beyond the core statement, there are a number of options that the signing company can commit to. The intention is that the company will offer support in a way that is appropriate to their situation and circumstances. They can also add commitments that are not part of the template.

As part of the changes introduced with the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review, the reserve forces are playing an increasing role in the UK’s defence commitments. Given that, it’s entirely sensible to ensure that they are not disadvantaged. Personally, I find it odd to think that anyone serving in the services (whether full time or part time) might find themselves disadvantaged in some way.

In my ideal world, we wouldn’t need the armed forces. In the real world, however, the armed forces are sometimes called upon to resolve issues. Sometimes I disagree with the decision to deploy forces, but my disagreement is with the politicians, not the servicemen and women that risk life and limb. They shouldn’t be disadvantaged because they are willing to take those risks, and if they need special treatment, they should have easy access to it. Anything less is an insult.