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What the Armed Forces Covenant means for you

The Armed Forces Covenant was created in 2011 by:

  • representatives from the Armed Forces community
  • representatives from the wider community
  • the government

It is an agreement that no one who has ever served in the Armed Forces, or their families, should be disadvantaged because of their service.

In practice, this does not mean that Armed Forces personnel receive preferential treatment compared to other people, but that everyone agrees to work together to ensure that the Armed Forces community can access the same level of service as non-serving citizens.

Get support if you serve/have served in armed forces.

York’s Pledge in Action

We, on behalf of all of York, signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2011. Since then, the people of York have worked to make real changes across the city for the benefit of the Armed Forces community.

Some examples of this work are:

  • we, supported by the Ministry of Defence, formed a dedicated Armed Forces Covenant Team in May 2017
  • The Royal British Legion offer advice and guidance drop-in sessions at West Offices from 10.00am-1.00pm on the first Wednesday of every month

If you have been disadvantaged because of your service

The Armed Forces Covenant aims to highlight and address circumstances in which current or ex-Armed Forces personnel and their families have been disadvantaged because of their service.

Contact the Armed Forces Covenant Team to find out how we can help if you think you’ve been disadvantaged.

Also see

Armed Forces Covenant Team - York

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA