Friday, 30 June 2017

Armed Forces Covenant Report

​Our Community Our Covenant  
See the 2nd edition of the Covenant Report by clicking HERE..

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Latest From The Defence Discount Directory

Are Your Travel Vaccinations Up To Date?

If you're planning to travel outside the UK, you may need to be vaccinated against some of the serious diseases found in other parts of the world.

Please click HERE to find out which vaccinations are necessary or recommended.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Brand new FREE app for British Armed Forces families

Little Troopers Treasures

This weekend we launched a brand new, free, easy to use iPad app that is available now exclusively to serving British Armed Forces families. We'd love you to spread the word to your families about this new resource.

We know that serving parents are so frequently away from home and often communications can be limited or sporadic. We also know that a bedtime story is one of the most important times to a child.

So.....we teamed up with Harper Collins Children's Books to bring families Little Troopers Treasures; it will make story time precious every day and will ensure children never miss a bedtime story from their parents again; they can watch the recordings over and over whenever they miss their mummy or daddy.

Download the app on your iPad HERE

Monday, 26 June 2017


AFF is currently seeking a Co-ordinator for the Scotland area (including but not limited to Craigiehall, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Kinloss, Leuchars, Stirling). 

Further information is available on the website

Could you help save the life of someone with blood cancer?

16-30? Join our donor register and you could save the life of someone with blood cancer.
Please CLICK HERE to find out more.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Army Welfare Service


The Army Welfare Service (AWS) Personal Support Team is the Army’s professional welfare provider offering a comprehensive, confidential and specialized service.
AWS is the secondary level of welfare support available to serving soldiers and their families when difficulties cannot be dealt with, or must not be dealt with, within the Unit. Trained Army Welfare Workers offer support, advice and guidance to those who are experiencing personal or family difficulties. This covers a wide range of situations including :-

  • Difficulties arising from personal relationships
  • Separation
  • Inability to cope – stress / crisis
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Social issues arising from mental and physical ill health
  • Problems arising from deployment
  • Supporting families who are working with statutory agencies

There is an Army Welfare Service office located in Kinloss.

Referrals and inquiries can be made by telephoning 01904 882053 or e-mail

The 5-Second Rule that Dog Owners Need to Know

AFF reassured about housing safety for Army families

Following the tragic incident at Grenfell Tower in London, the Army families Federation (AFF) has approached the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), to clarify whether multi-storey Service Families Accommodation (SFA) features any external cladding, which would potentially present a fire risk.

Safety assured
DIO checked the position of this issue and were able to inform AFF that multi-storey buildings are predominantly brick construction. The external wall insulation used on recent energy efficiency upgrades to military housing has also been confirmed as meeting all relevant building and fire regulations.

AFF Housing Specialist Cat Calder said, “Ensuring the safety of our Army families is paramount and AFF has received assurances of safety from all relevant parties involved. DIO has also advised us that a review will now be carried out of all non-habitable areas such as stairwells, plant rooms and communal areas, to confirm the safety of the Army families living there.”

Contact AFF
If families are at all concerned about safety in their SFA, they should contact housing maintenance and repairs contractor CarillionAmey (CA) directly on 0800 707 6000 or contact AFF’s Housing Specialist Cat Calder on

To find out more about AFF’s work in support of Army families, visit

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Self-Employment Event Coming Soon!

Are you thinking about setting up your own business and want a better understanding of what it might entail?  An Insight into Self-Employment event is being held at RAF Lossiemouth on 28 Sep 2017.  This event is open to Service Personnel and their Families from RAF Lossiemouth, Kinloss Barracks and Fort George.  Further information will be published at the end of July.

Forces Mutual- Support your everyday forces hero!

Please Click on the link to find out more!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

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Babcock Employment Oppurtunties

Vacancies at the DHFCS (Defence High Frequency Communication Service) Crimond site (NE Scotland) that may well suit a service leaver looking for a shore job.

The staff turnover at these sites is extremely low and doubt this will be a regular requirement.

Links to employment oppurtunities below:

  • Engineering Technician working between Kinloss & Crimond (based at Crimond). 

  • Comms Engineer based at Crimond. 

The closing date is currently the 23rd June but may well be extended if required.


a.         The Company of Makers have teamed up with the International Boatbuilding Training College to deliver free woodworking workshops to ex-Service personnel over the Summer period.

b.         ETS North Resettlement staff are to publicise this opportunity to SL and Veterans.

c.         The initial programme includes a one day stool making workshop. Held at the Boatbuilding College in Portsmouth. Interested SLs and Veterans can choose from one of the following dates:

·  15th June 2017
·  13th July 2017
·  10th August 2017

These free workshops are open to anyone who has served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces – If you’re interested in woodwork, or have any questions, please call on 023 92 367 309.                            
For more information about our work with the Boatbuilding College have a look here. (non-DII only). For further information use the following URL which will only work on non-DII machines:


NISSAN- offering Armed forces discount on all new cars- available from all Nissan dealers

Monday, 19 June 2017

Easy Resettlement Magazine

The summer issue of Easy Resettlement magazine is out now...
Easy Resettlement is now the number one armed forces resettlement publication as we offer more employment opportunities for our readers than any other publication. Each issue is distributed to all service leavers by BFPO to ensure everyone gets a free copy. In addition to the hard copies it is sent out via an Email blast to our subscribers as well as having an easy to read online version on our website, you can even download back issues to your desktop

We are proud to announce our partnership with DSEI who run the largest Defence and Security Expo in Europe, the event is free for military personnel and it will be taking place between the 12th-15th September at the Excel arena in London. You will be able to pick up free copies of the summer issue at this event.

You may have heard our Sales Manager, James Atkins, on the Hal Stewart BFBS show earlier this month, if you missed it and would like to listen to what we are doing to help our readers simply click this link

We are especially proud to announce some new partnerships with companies who will be offering employment opportunities to our readers through our magazine. These include The AA, Aspire Defence, Amazon Web Services known as AWS, Civil Nuclear Constabulary and Jaguar Land Rover. These are a welcome addition to those already recruiting our readers such as The East of England Ambulance Service, Maritime Transport and KLM UK Engineering. Each issue we include a Franchising for Veterans feature with the BFA giving some valuable insights in to what makes a good franchise, some great franchises that have already recruited veterans and service leavers include Action Coach, Chips Away, Gas Elec and Snap on Tools.

Take a look at the summer issue to read some great case studies. Finally we will be attending various events where we get the chance to speak with our readers, these include the CTP and Security Cleared Jobs Expos as well as the DSEI event. Please do come along and speak with the team and let us know what else you would like to know about in future issues.

All of this is only possible thanks to our advertisers so please mention our magazine when speaking with anyone. Also join our social media groups, subscribe to the magazine for free and let any friends and family know about how we can help.

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By typing in what you are looking for in terms of childcare, such as a baby sitter, maternity nurse, private tutor or schools, together with your postcode, this website will do the work for you. It also helps you look for childcare jobs!

It is free to register.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Nairn Highland games- 19th August 2017

The Royal Brackla Nairn Highland Games is Nairn’s biggest event and held this year on 20th August on Nairn Links. The piping starts around 9.30am and the Highland dancing and athletics take place in the afternoon. Don’t miss the spectacular Massed Pipes and Drums marching through the town at 12.30.

Visit their website to find out more

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Veterans Gateway Launches 20th June

New website which is being officially launched on 20th June called Veterans Gateway.

It  is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and is made up of a consortium or organisations and Armed Forces Charities including  including The Royal British Legion, SSAFA - the Armed Forces charity, Poppyscotland, Combat Stress and Connect Assist.

Our connection with additional key referral organisations - both within and outside the Armed Forces sector - means we can get you to the right organisation who can help.

Funded by The Armed Forces Covenant, this is the first time a group of this kind has come together formally to deliver a service to help the Armed Forces community

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Monday, 12 June 2017

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Lossiemouth Raft Race- Sun 15th August!

Mental Health & Wellness Centre- Elgin

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Learn how to observe whales and dolphins

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Army Basing Housing Information - Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA)

Monday, 5 June 2017