Voices of personnel and families represented in review

An independent review of the offer for Service personnel has just been published.

The Haythornthwaite Review, to which AFF provided evidence, examines ways to attract and retain the next generation to the Armed Forces.

It outlines 67 recommendations, including prioritising investment in accommodation, improving the food offer and reviewing the number, scope and scale of military allowances.

AFF Chief Executive Collette Musgrave said: “We provided a wide range of evidence to the review, representing the voices and experiences of Army personnel and their families, and drawn directly from the thousands of enquiries that we receive every year.

“We welcomed the opportunity to discuss those elements of the current offer that families have told us they value, such as access to Service Family Accommodation.

“We are pleased to see that the impact on family life of serving in the Armed Forces was recognised in the report, as well as the importance of clear communications and information to allow soldiers and families to make informed decisions. These are issues we regularly raise with the Army and MOD.”

In a written statement, Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans, Dr Andrew Murrison MP, acknowledged the report’s recommendations were “wide ranging” and said: “They provide a potential roadmap out to the 2030s aimed at improving the proposition to those who serve now, and those who may consider serving in the future.”


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