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Armed forces community

Armed forces community

An enduring covenant between the people of the United Kingdom, her Majesty’s government and all those who serve or have served in the armed forces and their families. The first duty of government is the defence of the realm. Our armed forces fulfil that responsibility on behalf of the government, sacrificing some civilian freedoms, facing danger and, sometimes, suffering serious injury or death as a result of their duty.

Families also play a vital role in supporting the operational effectiveness of our armed forces. In return, the whole nation has a moral obligation to the members of the Naval Service, the Army and the Royal Air Force, together with their families.

They deserve our respect, support, and fair treatment. Those who serve in the armed forces, whether regular or reserve, those who have served in the past, or their families, should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services.

Special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those injured and bereaved. This obligation involves the whole of society, and includes voluntary and charitable bodies, private organisations, and the actions of individuals in supporting the armed forces. Recognising those who have performed military duty unites the country and demonstrates the value of their contribution and has no greater expression than in upholding this covenant. The armed forces community covenant pledge outlines the agreement between Wyre Council and the armed forces community.