Armed forces support

Support for our Armed Forces Community

Picture of armed forces serviceman and veterans

Who makes up the Armed Forces Community?

A veteran is classed as someone who has served at least one full day in the armed forces (HM Government, 2011).

Definition of the Armed Forces Community

  • Regular Personnel: currently serving; Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force
  • Merchant Navy: served for at least one day on active service
  • Reservists: volunteer reserves and regular reserves
  • Veterans: served for at least one day, regular or reserve service
  • Families: immediate family; spouses, civil or other partners, children for whom the veteran or their partner are responsible
  • Bereaved: immediate family of service personnel or veterans who have died
  • Carers: carer for service personnel or veterans
  • Cadets: young people who are members of the Army Cadet Force, Sea Cadet Corps or Air Training Corps.