Information from Command and MOD

Information for families during the coronavirus outbreak


01   Letter to Service families from the Chief of Defence People

The Chief of Defence People, Lieutenant General James Swift OBE, has written to Service families regarding an update on support during COVID-19.

He also previously wrote to Service families in March to provide reassurance during the COVID-19 outbreak and outline the support available during these uncertain times.  For details of that letter:

The full letter
Annexe B
Annexe C

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02   Defence arrangements for 14-day quarantine when entering the UK

The MOD has issued guidance on how the COVID-19 border health measures will impact Service personnel and their families.

General advice
For general advice, including information about Service personnel returning from overseas assignments, families returning from overseas assignments and families based overseas returning for visits, please click here.

Children returning from overseas to UK boarding school
The MOD has provided guidance for Service personnel based overseas with children attending boarding school in the UK. This information is available on our allowances page.

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03   R&R

My serving partner is currently deployed on operations or due to deploy. Will they still get R&R?
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, R&R in UK is not currently being granted; some personnel may have the opportunity to take R&R in theatre dependent on location. The MOD realises that this will result in some personnel missing out on their opportunity to take R&R until restrictions are lifted and R&R is reinstated.

Although R&R is not an entitlement, the MOD has introduced a temporary policy amendment to allow those Service personnel who are unable to take their R&R due to COVID-19 to be awarded five days’ annual leave for each period of missed R&R.

For more information, please ask the Service person to speak to their unit admin team.

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04   Operational tours

My serving partner is about to deploy on operations or is deployed on operations. Where do I get more info about whether this will go ahead or whether they will remain deployed?
In the first instance, speak to your Service person’s unit, via the unit welfare team.

Are operational deployments still going ahead?
Many operational deployments are going ahead as planned, with some changes to deployment dates due to the impact of COVID-19.

Will the Service person be protected?
As the effects of COVID-19 become more apparent, the MOD will continue to conduct sensible and proportionate planning to ensure the welfare of our personnel is protected, while maintaining essential operational duties.

Which operations will go ahead and which won’t?
Decisions to alter or cancel deployments or exercises are made on a case-by-case basis. Information on specific deployments for each unit will be communicated via the chain of command.

When deploying our Forces across the world, the MOD recognises and respects measures put in place by individual nations and partners to mitigate the COVID-19 virus and will abide by them.

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05   Services Cotswold Centre

During COVID-19, the Services Cotswold Centre (SCC) accommodation is still available for welfare purposes, although some of the facilities are reduced in order to comply with Government guidelines.

If you are a parent seeking accommodation for contact with your child/children, please search for the SCC online and submit the application form.

The SCC can also support any military family fleeing domestic abuse. In this situation, please contact your welfare team.

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