Armed Forces Community Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant sets out the relationship between the nation, the Government and the Armed Forces. It recognises that the whole nation has a moral obligation to members of the armed forces and their families, and it establishes how they should expect to be treated.

The Armed Forces community is made up of: 

  • those serving in HM Armed Forces or Armed Forces Reserves: the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force and the Regular Army plus their constituent reserves 
  • ex-Service Personnel or veterans - those who have served at least one day in HM Armed Forces as a Regular or Reservist, or Merchant Mariners who were part of a legally sanctioned operation, this includes those who did National Service and the Home Guard 
  • their dependants including spouses, civil partners and children, but can, where appropriate, be extended to unmarried partners, parents and other family members 
  • the bereaved: the immediate family of Service Personnel and ex-Service Personnel who have died, whether or not that death has any connection with service

Information for the 2021 Census: pdf icon ARMED FORCES CENSUS INFO [297kb]

 

Support organisations

Offers and discounts

South Kesteven District Council has its own Armed Forces Discount Scheme to support our local armed forces community; serving personnel, reservists, veterans and war widows who live in the South Kesteven district. 

South Kesteven Armed Forces Discount Scheme Armed Forces community

What is the Lincolnshire Community Covenant?

The Lincolnshire Community Covenant is a commitment from public and private organisations throughout the county to support Armed Forces communities (serving personnel, reserves, families, veterans and the bereaved) in Lincolnshire.

The covenant's two principles are that:

  • the armed forces community should not face disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services
  • special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given more, such as the injured or the bereaved

The covenant exists to redress the disadvantages that the Armed Forces community may face in comparison to other citizens, and to recognise sacrifices made.

The Armed Forces Covenant is supported by the Community Covenant and the Corporate Covenant. The Community Covenant encourages local communities to support the Armed Forces community in their area and promote public understanding and awareness. The Corporate Covenant is a public pledge from businesses and other organisations who wish to demonstrate their support for the Armed Forces community.

How is it delivered?

Working together, organisations involved in the Lincolnshire Armed Forces Community Covenant Partnership will attempt to meet the covenant aims by:

  • encouraging local communities to support the Armed Forces community in their area
  • developing public understanding and awareness of issues affecting the Armed Forces community
  • recognising and remembering the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community
  • encouraging activities which help integrate the Armed Forces community into local life
  • encouraging the Armed Forces community to help and support the wider community through participation in events, joint projects and other initiatives​