People and families should take priority

A study on retention in the Armed Forces, to which AFF contributed, has recommended that investment on personnel and their families should take priority over new equipment.

Mark Francois MP was commissioned by the Prime Minister in 2018 to undertake the study after his 2017 report on recruitment, ‘Filling the Ranks’.

The objective of the second study was: ‘To understand how to create an environment that ensures the best retention of Service personnel for as long as Defence needs them.’

The report team used 200 submissions from families and personnel, as well as the three Families Federations, as part of its research. Read the full report “Stick or Twist?” A Report for the Prime Minister into Retention in HM Armed Forces – and how to improve it



    We turned up to a march in this week and the house still had occupants in. No apology, no help, just “a suck it up sweetheart” attitude. Think they need to respect families, empathy and communicate better. That cost nothing.

    I’m a serving soldier in the army I’ve served for 15 years, my husband Is RAF and served 16 years however never been posted together, I’m currently in Cyprus and only been here 10 months and moving back to the uk we have a 5 year old which Allan be demanding with childcare and school
    Etc .. I’m ready to sign off due to because childcare and security is hard when both in different countries or posted away from eachother nightmare.

    I have been married to my serving husband for 20 years and accompanied him on every posting, during which time we have had 12 MQ’s. I can honestly say out latest MQ at Sandhurst is by far the worst in condition and size we have ever had. 1 year into this posting and we are still reporting and re-reporting faults and repairs in the house. The MQ was not ready for March-In, in fact no one was present to March us in as ‘we were not in the diary’ – needless to say the house was filthy. This MQ has placed so much stress in us as a family, that for the first time in 20 years I wish my husband would sign off (having served 30 years). Something needs to be done over the condition of houses at March in and the totally disparity between MQ’s. Stop putting money into ‘front of house’ for visitors to see and start putting money into poor housing conditions.

    Hi Wendy, please do get in touch with our Housing Specialist, Cat Calder on 07789 551158 or
    If you could include your address and any other details, Cat will be happy to try and help.

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