Information for families during the coronavirus outbreak


01   School children’s visits and additional support – Christmas 2021

The MOD has released a new letter on school children’s visits (SCV) and additional support for Christmas 2021. This provides additional allowance entitlements for SCVs over the Christmas 2021 period where COVID-19 travel restrictions apply. Click here for the letter.

For further information, your soldier should speak to their unit HR admin or chain of command.

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02   Allowance and expense arrangements in response to coronavirus

The MOD has released a new letter detailing the most up-to-date allowance support for Service personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has combined all previous directed letters into one single document. This provides extra support and guidance for those overseas and in the UK due to COVID-19 and increased support and flexibility to a number of other allowances which are affected by COVID-19.

All allowances listed in the letter

  1. Allowance and Expense Arrangements whilst Working from Home in Response to Coronavirus
  2. COVID-19 Testing, Quarantine and Vaccination Entitlements;
  3. School Children’s Visits: Enhanced Interim Arrangements in Response to COVID-19 for Service Personnel Assigned Overseas
  4. Continuity of Education Allowance: Regulatory Flexibility in Response to COVID-19
  5. Extension of the Evacuation Package To ‘Non-Evacuated’ Families
  6. Additional General Guidance for Allowance and Expense Arrangements in Response to COVID-19

See full details of the letter here.

If you have any feedback or concerns, contact

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03   Are you and your family due to be posted overseas?

Due to COVID-19, the MOD had temporarily permitted families, who have children or are CEA claimants and moving overseas from the UK, the option to serve unaccompanied and be classed as involuntarily separated (INVOLSEP) until the end of August 2021.

This has now been reviewed and a new letter released advising that this option will be withdrawn from 1 September 2021 and families will need to live accompanied.

INVOLSEP status may be retained for three months from 1 September 2021 or until the soldier is accompanied, whichever is sooner.

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04   CEA Special Educational Needs Allowance (SENA)

DCYP has provided information and answers to commonly asked questions about SENA during COVID-19.

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