Flexible Service

Pictured: HMS Queen Elizabeth's Guard on parade at the commissioning of HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Flexible Service

The Armed Forces Flexible Working Bill became law on 8th February 2018. This law, which comes into effect for Regular Naval Service personnel from 1st April 2019, may assist some personnel to balance work and family life.


The MOD has recognised the need for flexibility in the Services and will introduce this measure to adapt to society’s expectations, and to help increase work incentive within the forces.


Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

‘This change will make it significantly easier for our dedicated Armed Forces to raise their children, care for elderly relatives, or look after an ill family member.’


Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood also commented:

‘Flexible work is key to retaining our expert personnel who we’ve invested in during their military career.’



This policy allows Regular members of the Armed Forces to seek:

  • Part time working (reducing work routines);
  • Restricted separation from home for no more than 35 days a year;
  • Both (within the same assignment order).



Applications are limited in length to no more than 3 years continuously and no more than 4 years total in a 12 year rolling period. Applications are not guaranteed and operational capability will come first.


Further Information

Please see this PDF (Homeport Winter ’18, p.37) to find out more. Click here to watch an explanatory  video produced by the MOD, and contact information should you have any questions. JSP 750 (Chapter 2) is also available via DII only for more information.


The Naval Families Federation welcomes your comments and views on this new policy. Please do contact us.


Posted on: 30th November, 2018
Updated on: 23rd January, 2019