Long-Term Relationship (LTR)

Long-Term Relationship (LTR)

On 1st April 2019, it was announced that all Service personnel, who have more than four years’ service in the Armed Forces and who are in a long-term relationship or have residential responsibility for a child will now be able to apply to live together in surplus Service Family Accommodation (SFA) at all UK bases where properties are available. Before that, only married couples, those in civil partnerships and those with legally dependent children could live in SFA.


Important update (in effect from 1 February 2020)

Following a review of the policy, it has been agreed that the 4 years’ Length of Service (LoS) criterion should be removed, to widen eligibility to cohabit in surplus SFA to an increased number of Service personnel. The change will take effect from 1 February 2020 and a DIN on this subject will be published.


Although from 1 February there will no longer be a requirement to have completed 4 years’ service, Service personnel wishing to cohabit in surplus SFA in the UK will still be required to comply with Para 0301 of JSP 464, Vol 1, Part 1 as follows:

  • Be aged 18 or over;
  • Have completed Phase 1 training;
  • Be serving on a regular engagement in the UK Armed Forces or be a Full Commitment Reservist as defined in single-Service regulations.


Please note that this is NOT part of Future Accommodation Model (FAM), but rather a new policy. This is not an entitlement to SFA – if there is no surplus SFA at your place of work (50 miles within your assignment location), you will not be able to take advantage of this new policy.

Please refer to 2020DIN01-014 for more information. This page will be reviewed and updated as soon as more information become available.
Posted on: 19th September, 2019
Updated on: 28th January, 2020