General Article The Armed Forces Covenant

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The Military Covenant was conceived as an expression of the mutual obligations which exist between the nation, the Army and each individual soldier. It made clear that those who serve should expect to be treated fairly, to be valued and to be respected, in recognition of the extraordinary commitment and sacrifices which they were called upon to make.

The Government is rewriting the Covenant as a new tri-service document – the Armed Forces Covenant –which expresses the enduring, general principles that should govern the relationship between the nation, the Government and the Armed Forces community. This will set the tone for Government policy aimed at improving the support available for serving and former members of the Armed Forces, and the families which carry so much of the burden, especially in the event of injury or death.

Concrete measures

We have already doubled the operational allowance for those serving in Afghanistan and ensured that their opportunities for rest and recu...

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