Today’s defence-related media coverage includes reporting on the launch of a series of new initiatives, aimed at modernising the living and working arrangements for Armed Forces personnel.
New initiatives introduced to support modern service life
The Times and The Sun picks up on the announcement, detailing how the changes will “improve service life”. Under the new rules, recruits will be able to use non-duty days to take up secondary employment, undertake caring responsibility, enrol in training or enjoy respite. Service family accommodation rules will also be relaxed for same-sex couples. A new pilot scheme is to be launched that will allow service personnel more choice in their accommodation, allowing them to rent homes off base, potentially with partners, friends, or military colleagues, rather than living on site.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
It’s hugely important that the armed forces keep pace with modern society, creating a more attractive option to live, work and bring up a family.
By making our policies fairer and more flexible, we will help retain our diverse and talented workforce and give them greater freedom as they carry out their service.
Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said:
Personnel have told us that they want more flexible working arrangements and so I’m delighted these measures are now in place.
This new package of modern measures will help us retain personnel who want a more flexible approach to how they live, work and serve.