The Armed Forces Covenant 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 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. The Armed Forces Community Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local Armed Forces Community and encourages local communities to support the armed forces community in their area and promote public understanding and awareness.
The covenant has established a working group which includes representation from armed forces units, military welfare and veteran support agencies and charities and local authorities. The practical actions of the covenant will be coordinated, managed and monitored by this group.
Ideas that support the military community and encourage wider community integration can be developed by anyone or any organisation, for example sharing experience, knowledge and exchanging examples of good practice and goodwill are welcome.