You’re on the move

There’s no escaping it, moving home is a huge part of Army family life – almost half of Army families have moved twice or more in the past five years*.

During the next quarter of 2022, we’ll be focusing on the implications of frequently moving around, whether that’s in the UK or overseas, and looking at how it affects many areas of your lives, including housing, education, childcare, health, family finances and your career.

This month, which is Month of the Military Child, we’ll be focusing on education and childcare, and highlighting the support available for children on the move.

We would also like to find out if you’ve had any problems with school places, for example not getting a place in time for your new posting and whether your child missed any school as a result. Look out for our mini survey later in the month.

In May, we’ll be looking at financial matters, including what allowances you can claim when moving.

In June, we’ll shine a light on student finance and how this is affected by moving around the UK, and share information on what you need to think about when moving overseas.

We’re here to help

We encourage you to get in touch about any issue you are having.

Check out our advice webpages and look out on our social media for info and top tips.

* MOD Families Continuous Attitude Survey 2021



    I do not understand why the military has not insisted that a walkaway scheme remains available when moving out of SFA. Looking at the above article and the recognition of stress placed on the service family with all of the other administration of the move, why takeaway options.

    I fully understand that the system was not perfect. However, it did give families the opportunity to efficiently move out. By removing the walkaway scheme this has made the timelines extremely difficult and often unworkable. For example when moving abroad the time between when removals comes and your family needing to travel is quite often not long enough for a civilian company to guarantee the cleaning therefore this results in a proxy needing to be nominated. Yes I understand that you can self clean but as the article above states there are already a lot of pressures on the family at this time. Also this is all made on the assumption that a spouse is not having to do this all on their own. Often with the military SP deployed it falls to the spouse to organise all of this.

    I also thought that the walkaway scheme negated any favouritism of contract cleaners. It would be interesting to see how this is being avoided.

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