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  • Home : RAF. The RAF Families Federation represents the views and concerns of RAF regular and reserve personnel and their family members on the issues that affect them as part of a Royal Air Force family.
  • List of all..... NEWS STORIES : RAF. News Stories Featured on the RAF Families Federation website
  • Armed Forces Covenant : RAF. The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families are treated fairly and not disadvantaged..
    • Covenant for serving personnel and families : RAF. The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families are treated fairly and not disadvantaged.
      • Key achievements : RAF. How people from the armed forces community have benefits from projects and initiatives under the Armed Forces Covenant.
    • Covenant for businesses : RAF. Businesses and charitable organisations who wish to demonstrate their support for the armed forces community can sign the armed forces covenant.
    • Covenant for communities : RAF. Covenants for communities complement, at a local level, the armed forces covenant, which outlines the moral obligation between the nation, the government and the armed forces.
    • News : RAF. The Armed Forces Covenant is the Government's pledge, on behalf of the nation, to its armed forces… The covenant sets out the relationship between the nation and the armed forces.
  • Education : RAF. Forces children’s educational experiences differ from those of civilian children. There is an excellent service for Service families. CEAS. Armed Forces Covenant
    • Childcare, playgroups, schools : RAF. Finding out about childcare, playgroups and schools in your new posting area can be daunting. Follow the links provided to seek advice and assistance
    • Schooling for 14-19 yr olds : RAF. Education, Schooling for 14-19 year olds
    • Boarding schools : RAF. Thinking of sending your child to boarding school and need advice on the subject? A good place to start is CEAS - specific to Service families.
    • Overseas schooling : RAF. RAF Oversees Schooling, RAF Schools. Service Children's Education (SCE) is an agency of the MOD and aims to provide an effective and efficient education service.
    • Childcare vouchers : RAF. Childcare Vouchers Can Save £1,000's and are available to Service personnel. The scheme will not impact on your Service pension.
    • Adult learning : RAF. For all Adults with a Service Connection - Sometimes it is difficult to complete a course when you are constantly on the move or return to the
    • School admissions : RAF. Education. Schools Admissions and Schools Admissions Appeals Codes have been revised and reissued. They contain guidance, much of which is now
    • Service pupil premium : RAF. The Service Pupil Premium (SPP) is extra funding for schools to support children and young people with parents in the armed forces.
    • Special educational needs : Register the need with the RAF. A special educational need should to be registered with the RAF it is not compulsory but it is a good idea to register with the CEAS.
    • Useful links : RAF Families Federation, Education, Service Children Education, Useful Links
    • Contact us : Contact RAF Families Federation
    • News : Latest news about education from the RAF Families Federation
    • FAQ : FAQ
  • Envoy magazine : RAF. Envoy Magazine produced quarterly in print and online, by the RAF Families Federation for serving members of the RAF and their families.
  • Family : RAF. One source of support is clearly the on-base welfare support staffs. You may wish to confide in the padre, the medical officer, the SSAFA
    • Military Support Organisations : RAF. Our reason for mentioning the various Service support organisations in this section is that these organisations tend to be 'in tune' with the RAF
    • Family Members : RAF. There is much support for families both from the RAF and national organisations but don't forget that the RAF Families Federation is there for all family
    • A Listening Ear : RAF. The Padre is a useful first port of call who will understand fully the pressures of Service life and of course anything said to them is in confidence.
    • Marriage Breakdown : RAF. When a relationship in the Services breaks down there may be other issues to be addressed. A marriage breakdown in the Service, especially when occupying
    • Stress : RAF. Stress is the emotional and physical strain caused by our response to pressure from the outside world. It is almost impossible to live without some stress
    • Addiction : RAF. Addictions can take may forms it may be alcohol or drugs but it may also be gambling, shopping, computers, caffine, eating disorders and there are
    • Domestic Abuse : RAF. There is no direct evidence to suggest that domestic abuse is a greater problem within the Service community than amongst the wider civilian population.
    • Bereavement : RAF. The sense of grief and loss you experience when someone close to you dies can be overwhelming. You can go through numbness, anger, sadness, but
    • Seriously Injured Service Personnel : RAF. SSAFA run a support group for the Families of Injured Service Personnel.The tri-service groups meet regularly, offering mutual support and allowing
      • Battle Back : RAF. Battle Back is not a charity, it uses public Adventurous Training and Sport funds to provide the same level of opportunity to seriously injured Service personnel
    • Disability / Additional Needs / Medical Care : RAF. If you, your child or partner has a disability or additional needs, don’t forget to register with the RAF so that those involved with postings, deployments
    • Deployment : RAF. These notes have been prepared to help you during the time that your serving family member is away on an operational deployment. A guide alone will
      • Keeping in Touch : RAF. Also known as ‘E-Blueys’, these are a way of sending letters and messages FREE to serving personnel and are available from HIVE as well as Post Offices.
    • Home from Deployment : RAF. Home from Deployment. The readjustment to ‘normality’ after a Service person has been away from home for a long period of time can be difficult.
      • Children and Reunion : RAF. Change is at least as stressful for children as it is for adults. They have grown in every way physically, emotionally and socially during the deployment.
      • For Parents of Returning Serving Personnel : RAF. Tips for Parents of Returning Serving Personnel. Your son or daughter may need time to adjust to their life at home and they may not easily settle.
      • Coping with Post Op Stress : RAF. Coping with Stress and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is the name for what was historically known as ‘battle fatigue’
    • Deployment Emergencies : RAF. The most important thing to remember is that if something serious happens to your loved one on deployment the RAF will normally tell you in person
      • Casualty Procedures : RAF. The Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) is primarily responsible for monitoring and actioning certain procedures for Service personnel
      • Compassionate Leave and Travel : RAF. When a Service person is on operational duties overseas, any requests for them to be allowed home on compassionate grounds MUST go through the JCCC
      • Frequently asked Questions : RAF. The JCCC has a system that categorises casualties depending on the nature of their illness or injury, and uses the word 'notifiable' to ensure that
    • Useful Links : RAF Families Federation, Family Support, Useful Links
    • Contact Us : RAF Families Federation, Family Support, Contact Us
    • News : RAF Families Federation Family Support News
    • FAQ : Family support FAQ, RAF
  • The Federation : RAF. The RAF Families Federation is here to represent the concerns of RAF personnel and their families (spouses, partners, parents, grandparents, children, siblings). Through in-depth investigation and gathering of facts, we put your views and concerns in front of the people who matter, such as senior RAF, MoD staff and ministers.
    • Envoy magazine : RAF. Envoy Magazine produced quarterly in print and online, by the RAF Families Federation for serving members of the RAF and their families.
    • Radio clips : RAF. RAF Familiy Federation Audio and video.
    • Meet the Team : RAF. The RAF Families Federation, meet the team. Armed Forces Covenant
    • Vacancies : RAF Families Federation, Vacancies
    • Contact Us : RAF Families Federation, Meet the Team, Contact Us
    • News : RAF Families Federation News
  • Financial : RAF Families Federation. When reviewing your finances, a useful check list and good place to start is the Financial Services Authority (FSA).
    • Financial Planning : RAF. The Government has its own website, DirectGov, and the page Money Tax and Benefits takes you directly to the financial elements of that site.
    • Pay rates and charges 2016 : Find the 2016 Pay Award, Recruitment and Retention Rates, Expenses and Allowances Rates, Food and Accommodation charges, CILOCT Rates and Reserves Training Bounty Rates.
    • Pay rates 2015 : RAF. Pay rates 2015,
    • Food and Accommodation Charges 2015 : RAF. Food and Accommodation Charges 2015
    • Pay Rates 2014 : RAF. Pay Rates. SFA charges. The independent Armed Forces' Pay Review Body (AFPRB) recommendations on Armed Forces Pay and some allowances and charges...
    • Financial Advice : RAF Families Federation. With the pressures of modern life there are times when turning to someone for financial advice becomes essential.
    • Money Worries : RAF. In the current economic climate very many people are finding that money is becoming a worry. If you are finding yourself falling behind with
    • Pensions : RAF. The Service Pension Schemes. There are four Armed Forces Pension Schemes for members of the Services.
    • Making a Will : RAF. Why making a Will is so important. It is most important to make a Will; failing to do so may mean that your money and possessions are not allocated
    • Insurance : RAF. Much has been written about levels of pay-out from insurance policies and moreover, that premiums might rise for those serving in operational areas.
    • Loans : Loands
    • Annington Trust : RAF. The Annington Trust – Funding for RAF Community Projects. Have you heard of the Annington Trust?
    • Offers and Discounts : RAF. Everyone likes a bargain. The RAF Families Federation also receive many offers available to Serving personnel and their families. Defence Discount Service
    • Useful Links : RAF Community Support Finance page provides links, among many others, to HM Revenue and Customs, Credit and Savings and Insurance information. From the RAFCom
    • Contact Us : RAF Families Federation, Finance, Contact Us
    • News : RAF Families Federation Financial Matters News
    • FAQ : RAF SFA, Married Quarters. Making a Complaint
  • Health : RAF. For service families, finding medical and dental facilities can often prove very difficult. Families who find themselves on training units, at units
    • Dental Care : RAF. Try NHS Choices for finding a NHS Dentist . If you are struggling to find a NHS Dentist there are, in some areas, Dental Access Centres.
    • Medical Care : RAF. Use of Station Medical Centres. The best strategy when wishing to register your family with the Station Medical Centre is to ask the question.
      • Medical Conditions : RAF Families Federation, Medical Care, Dental Care, Illness,Medical Conditions
    • Mental Health : RAF Families Federation. Mental health problems can affect anyone it doesn't matter who you are, your age or your situation in life.
    • Lifestyle : We all know that fitness contrbutes to a healthy lifestyle, but did you know that families of RAF personnel are able to use the Stn sports facilities
    • Useful Links : RAF Families Federation, Health, Useful Links
    • Contact Us : RAF Families Federation, Health, Contact Us
    • News : RAF Families Federation Health & Dentistry News
  • Housing : SFA - What type of property will you be given? Who’s responsible for repairs to your SFA? Have you heard of HASC or MHS & not sure know who they are? Service Family Accommodation
    • SFA and SLA Charges : RAF, SFA, SLA
    • How to Apply for SFA : If you are new to the RAF family and are moving into SFA, Married Quarters for the first time, or if you are moving on posting to a new area, you can talk to an expert, Service Family Accommodation (SFA)
    • Moving into SFA : On arrival at your new SFA, Married Quarters,you should expect to find your accommodation to be of a certain standard of repair and cleanliness.MODern Housing Solutions
    • Maintaining your SFA : RAF. What is Expected of You - You can find all the information you might need about the maintenance of your SFA, Married Quarters in England and Wales on the DIO… MHS
    • Moving out of SFA : The process includes the mandatory pre-move out inspection and handover of the SFA,Married Quarters property. You will be expected to leave the house in a condition
    • Cuckoos : RAF housing. 'Cuckoo' is a term given to those who occupy Service Families Accommodation (SFA), Married Quarters to which they are not, or no longer, entitled.
    • Making a Complaint : RAF. If you do make a complaint to either MHS or DIO about your SFA, Married Quarters, make sure that you request a Customer Reference Number. RAF Families Federation
    • SSFA. What is it? : RAF. SSFA stands for Substitute Service Families Accommodation and is the fall back position when there is insufficient SFA,Married Quarters normal quarters, to meet demand.
    • Irregular Occupancy : RAF. You become an Irregular Occupant when you remain in SFA,Married Quarters beyond your entitlement. This may occur for one of several reasons and not necessarily
    • Where Do I Go from Here? : RAF. If you are faced with Iregular Occupancy and you have to move on the JSHAO has produced a guide to the procedures if you are living in an SFA,Married Quarters
    • Civilian Housing Options : RAF. If you are thinking of buying your own home or you are just about to leave the RAF and want to know what housing options are open to you, take a
    • Contact Houses : RAF. Contact Houses, or as they are sometime known, Welcome Houses are houses or flats on a Unit or within the estate and are available to personnel
    • Useful Links : RAF Families Federation, Housing, SFA Useful Links page
    • Contact Us : RAF Families Federation Have Your Say, Contact Us page
    • News : RAF Families Federation Housing News
    • FAQ : Housing Defence Estates, RAF Families Federation, How to apply for SFA, Housing,E1132, SFA, SSLA, SLA, MHS, HASC, DIO, JSP 464, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, MODern Housing Solutions, married quarters, quarters,Armed Forces Covenant
  • Joining the RAF : If you wish to join the RAF there are certain criteria you'll need to meet, like age, nationality, health and education - some apply to everyone joining the RAF, others to specific roles.
    • FAQ : Joining the RAF FAQ
  • NEM : RAF. New Employment Model, NEM, will affect...both those who are serving... will consider Pay and Allowances,Training,Education,Resettlement,Future Accommodation,
    • News : RAF. New Employment Model, NEM, will affect...both those who are serving... will consider Pay and Allowances,Training,Education,Resettlement,Future Accommodation,
  • Overseas : Overseas
  • Publications : RAF, RAF Families Federation, Envoy magazine, eBULLETIN
  • Reports : RAF. Evidence provided by RAF serving personnel and their families is collected in two ways, either by individuals and families coming to us, or the Federation Team reaching out to collect evidence on a particular subject.
  • Report an Issue Form : RAF Families Federation Report an Issue
  • Reserves : RAF FF Reserves
  • Service personnel : Service Personnel, RAF,
  • Service personnel : RAF. This area of the website is intended to provide general guidance, in general terms, those RAF personnel policies that impact on families
    • RAF structure : The RAF carries out tasks given to it by the Government.The list shows how a Service personnel, squadrons and units fits into the RAF and how the RAF
    • Abbreviations & acronyms : RAF. Armed Forces and useful organisations Abbreviations and Acronyms
    • Leave policy : What follows is therefore a much reduced summary of the main types of leave available to RAF personnel. For further detail access JSP 760
      • Public holidays : RAF. Leave of Absence on Public Holidays may be granted to Service personnel not required for duty and does not count against the Annual Leave Allowance.
      • Sacred festivals : RAF. Leave for Sacred Festivals is an authorised period of absence granted to Service personnel to enable them to observe their sacred festivals.
      • Stand-down : RAF. Stand-Down is Authorised Absence from duty granted by a CO in excess of the normal allowance.  Stand-downs are a management tool to reward Service personnel
      • Special leave : RAF. Special Leave is an authorised period of absence granted to Service personnel in circumstances not covered by any other form of leave allowance.
      • Post operational leave : RAF. Post Operational Leave (POL) was introduced in recognition of the stresses and strains that Operational Deployments bring to Service personnel,
      • Rest and recuperation : RAF. Rest and Recuperation. The term ‘Rest and Recuperation’ (R&R) is generic by nature and has widespread usage throughout the Services.
      • Domiciled collective leave : RAF. Domiciled Collective Leave (DOMCOL) and DOMCOL Substitute Leave are authorised periods of absence to visit the country of domicile granted to eligible Service
      • Commonwealth enlisted compassionate travel : RAF. Commonwealth Enlisted Compassionate Travel (COMECT).Married and single Service personnel who were recruited overseas in a Commonwealth country
      • Re-engagement leave : RAF. Re-engagement Leave is a period of Authorised Absence granted to Service personnel who joined the Services before 31 Mar 99 as an inducement to
      • Relocation leave : RAF. Relocation Leave is an authorized period of absence granted to Service personnel posted between theatres on non-operational tours of duty to
      • Graduated resettlement time : RAF. Graduated Resettlement Time (GRT). The Tri-Service Resettlement Policy was designed to ensure that all Service personnel have access to timely and
      • Absence on medical grounds : RAF. Leave on Medical Grounds is an authorised period of absence in addition to Annual Leave to allow Service personnel the opportunity to rest or receive
      • Compassionate leave : RAF. The purpose of Compassionate Leave is to allow Service personnel an authorised period of absence to enable them to attend to a personal crisis.
      • Special unpaid leave : RAF. Special Unpaid Leave is leave granted when there is insufficient Annual Leave to meet a contingency which does not merit the grant of Special Paid Leave or Compassionate Leave.
      • Career breaks : RAF. Career Break (CB) arrangements enable Service personnel to take a specified period of time out of their Service careers to meet personal
      • Terminal leave : RAF. Terminal Leave is designed to assist resettlement and is to be granted to qualifying Service personnel on completion of service.Service personnel
      • Maternity leave and arrangements : RAF. In addition to statutory maternity arrangements, the Armed Forces Occupational Maternity Scheme (AFOMS) provides for a period of maternity leave
      • Adoption leave : RAF.The Armed Forces’ aim is to provide, wherever possible, supportive arrangements - comparable to existing maternity arrangements insofar as leave
      • Paternity leave : RAF. An entitlement to 2 weeks’/ Paternity Leave (ie 14 days) on basic weekly pay rate, including Specialist Pay.  The entitlement to 2 weeks’ Paternity Leave
      • Parental leave : RAF. The aim of Parental Leave is to allow Service personnel unpaid leave to care for a child by, for example, spending more time with the child during
      • Time off for dependents : RAF. Time off for Dependents allows Service personnel unpaid leave to deal with emergencies that affect themselves or their dependents, where, in the
    • Pay and allowances : RAF. A subject close to everyone’s heart – how much does a Serviceperson earn, what charges must he/she pay for accommodation, food, etc, and what allowances
    • Terms and conditions of service : RAF. It’s surprising how little is known about the basic structure of the RAF’s Terms & Conditions of Service: how long a Serviceman or woman signs up for
      • Non-commissioned service : RAF. Personnel joining the RAF’s non-commissioned cadre in the Ground Trades usually enter on what is called a Notice Engagement for a period of 9 years
      • Non-commissioned aircrew service : RAF. The T&COS for Non-Commissioned Aircrew (NCA) are detailed in AP 3392 Vol 2 Chapter 8. There have been several changes to the terms of service
      • Commissioned service : RAF. If you join the RAF as a commissioned officer, you have 2 options available to you;a Short Service Commission (SSC) or a Permanent Commission (PC).
    • Joining the RAF : RAF Families Federation, Joining the RAF, recruitment
    • Reservists : RAF. The RAF Families Federation is keen to ensure that Reservist personnel and their families are aware that the Federation exists to represent their
    • Useful links : RAF Families Federation, Policy, Useful Links
    • Contact us : RAF Families Federation, Policy, Contact Us
    • News : RAF FF Policy News, see all latest news here
  • Sport : RAF. SFA,Married Quarters, Irregular Occupancy
    • News : RAF Sports news
  • Spousal support : RAF, spouse, spousal support, spousal employment
    • Businesses run by Spouses : RAF, spouse, spousal support, spousal employment
    • Current vacancies : RAF, Current vacancies
    • Finding a job : Offering links to groups and organisations helping you gain access to job vacancies, CV support and generally getting you out there and ready for the job world, whether for the first time, or returning back to.
    • Training Opportunities : Find out what organisations can offer you in terms of training and education.
    • News : Spousal Support News
  • Surveys : RAF. Surveys. Our consultations allow RAF serving personnel and their family members to voice their views, anonymously and in confidence, on issues being discussed and decided upon.
  • Search : RAF Families Federation. Search our website to find exactly what you are looking for...
  • Register : Register for an account with RAF Families Federation
  • Confidentiality Policy : RAF Families Federation Confidentiality Policy
  • Photo Gallery : Photo Gallery for RAF Families Federation
  • News : RAF Families Federation General News
  • Transition : Families transitioning, transition liaison, transitioning, transition
    • Useful Links : Families transitioning, transition liaison, transitioning, transition, useful links
  • FAQs : RAF- FAQ This section gives answers to the many questions the RAF Families Federation is asked on a regular basis in the hope that it will help you too. FAQs
    • Education : FAQ RAF. Forces children’s educational experiences differ… Armed Forces Covenant … I want to withdraw my child from boarding school. Will I have to repay the CEA?
    • Employment/Benefits : RAF,employment
    • Family Support : Family support, RAF
    • Financial : RAF. Condition Surveys SFA, Married Quarters housing
    • Housing : RAF - FAQ, This section gives answers to the many questions the RAF Families Federation is asked on a regular basis in the hope that it will help you too.
    • Joining the RAF : RAF, Joining the RAF
    • Veterans : RAF, veterans
  • RAF100 : RAF100
    • News : RAF100 News
  • Contact Us : RAF. Quick links to contacting the RAF Families Federation.
  • Lifestyle : RAF SFA, Married Quarters. Making a Complaint
    • News : RAF - Moving into SFA, Married Quarters. DIO standards
  • Community : RAF Housing, Married Quarters. What is a Cuckoo?
    • News : RAF Moving out of SFA,Married Quarters, DIO managed
  • Personnel : RAF . How to Apply for SFA, Married Quarters. Posting
    • News : RAF SFA, Married Quarters. Making a Complaint
  • Events : RAF Moving out of SFA,Married Quarters, DIO managed
    • News : RAF. SFA,Married Quarters, Irregular Occupancy
  • Operations : RAF Housing, Married Quarters. What is a Cuckoo?
    • News : RAF - SFA, Housing, Married Quarters
  • Media : RAF Families Federation, Media
  • envoymagazine- Advertise or Contribute : RAF. Envoy magazine. Advertising in Envoy. Articles for Envoy. Journalism.
  • Sitemap : RAF. The RAF Families Federation represents the views and concerns of RAF regular and reserve personnel and their family members on the issues that affect them as part of a RAF family.
  • Privacy : RAF. The following privacy statement covers The RAF Family Federation (RAFFF) website. Links within this site to other websites are not covered by this policy.
  • Terms : RAF. This Agreement is a legal document which sets out your rights and obligations and also those of The RAF Family Federation (RAF FF), a registered charity in England with the Registered Charity Number 226686.
  • Accessibility : RAF. Our aim is to make this website as accessible as possible for all users. This page lists the access feature of the website. If you have any comments about the website or need any of the material contained within

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