Overseas assignments – general information
Are you considering/ due to move overseas for an assignment?
Your future overseas admin unit/Embassy are responsible for providing you with all overseas information, such as housing, schooling and pertinent local information. This will normally be in the form of a pack or you are given a sponsor to liaise with.
Below are some general information for your reference:
Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) will assign suitable housing for you and your family once an MOD e1132 (application to occupy Service Family Accommodation) has been completed.
The Royal Navy has a Relocations Officer who will be able to provide you with the Family Overseas Removals and Travel Pack. Relocations is only responsible for removals and travel to your destination.
- Joint Service Publication (JSP)
JSP64 – Tri-Service Accommodation Regulations Volume 1: Service Family Accommodation (SFA) and Substitute Service Family Accommodation – UK and Overseas
- Long Term Relationships (LTR)
Overseas do not have surplus accommodation, therefore, long term relationships are not eligible to apply for SFA. If you wish to accompany your partner on an overseas assignment you must be married.
British Forces Post Office (BFPO)
All BFPO numbers have been allocated a shadow postcode e.g Naples = BFPO8/BF1 2AB
- Shadow Postcodes
Full list of current shadow postcodes can be found here.
- Smartphone apps
You can find BFPO numbers, UK retailers who post products to BFPO addresses and calculate you postage costs by downloading the BFPO app for Apple and Android devices.
In overseas locations, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) provides services (or access to services) that, so far as is reasonably practicable, conform in type, scope and standard to that required by legislation in England.
Parents will have access to the following:
- In MOD nursery setting overseas parents with children aged 3 and 4 years old can access 15 or 30 hours free childcare (depending on eligibility). 30 hours free childcare applies when registering for the additional entitlement.
- Recently renamed to Overseas Nursery Authority (ONA), Parents of 3 and 4 year olds in overseas locations, where MOD schools and setting are not available, can apply for reimbursement of nursery fees
Applications (from all three services) should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find in country information
- British Defence Staff US – www.bdsus.info
- British Forces Social Work Service (BFSWS) and Community Support Cyprus – www.forcessocialwork.com/cyprus
- European Joint Support Units – www.ejsu.net
- Tri-Service International Hive (iHive) – nff.org.uk/ihive/
- When assigned overseas the International Hive information service (iHive) will provide Tri-Service support and up to date and relevant information for all oversea locations. Through researched information, overseas location guides will provide easy access to relevant information regarding the overseas location and include researched information on several key topics including health, education, welfare and local facilities plus details of the various policies that support those overseas. The guides, available to view or download via the web, also include useful contacts. The guides are developed to help personnel and their families understand more about locations overseas and can be used to decide if specific location are suitable for overseas assignment for the Serving person and their family.