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The Armed Forces Flexible Working Bill became law on 8th February 2018. This law, which came 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.

 

Implementation

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).

 

Restrictions

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
  • Front cover of MOD 'Flexible Working and You' digital guide

    ‘Flexible Working and You’, a digital guide produced by the MOD for Service personnel.

    Read a short introductory article on FS in Homeport Winter ’18 (p.37)

  • Read a short summary of its terms and conditions in Homeport Spring ’19 (p.27)
  • Click here to watch an explanatory video produced by the MOD, and contact information should you have any questions.
  • MOD has produced a ‘Discover My Benefits’ tool which allows you to explore the support available to you and your family.
  • JSP 750 (Chapter 2) is also available via DII only for more information
  • ‘Flexible Working and You’ is a digital booklet produced by the MOD to provide Service personnel further information on the subject.

 

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

 

Posted on: 30th November, 2018
Updated on: 28th January, 2021

Service personnel will be able to apply for enhanced flexible working opportunities after the Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill became law on 08 February 2018.

 

Surveys have found that Service personnel want more choice over the way they work when their personal circumstances change, such as having, or looking after children, needing to care for elderly relatives, or taking on further training or education.

 

We know that Naval Service personnel have consistently reported the impact of service on family and personal life as the most important factor that might influence them to leave. Importantly, this new policy will allow personnel to be able to restrict the amount of time they spend away from their home base and their families.

 

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. This will ensure we are able to retain and recruit the brightest and the best from all backgrounds to keep Britain safe.”

 

The flexible working measures are designed so that they won’t impact the military’s ability to deliver its core tasks of defending the country. Applications for part-time service and restricted separation will be assessed against the need of the Armed Forces and personnel would be required to deploy on operations should the need arise, such as in cases of national emergency.

 

The plans will come into effect on 1st April 2019 for Naval Service personnel.

 

Here is a guide which explains in more detail what Flexible Working for the Armed Forces will look like, the different options available and how you can apply.

 

Here is a video produced by the MOD introducing this measure.

 

EDIT: Please click here for a digital booklet ‘Flexible Working and You’  produced by the MOD for further information.

 

Posted on: 15th February, 2018
Updated on: 28th January, 2021