This is the website of the British Armed Forces Federation - 'BAFF'. The BAFF mission is to operate as an independent professional staff association representing its members in the UK armed forces, including the reserves.

General Election: Voting arrangements squared away?

Time is now running out to get your voting arrangements in place for the UK General Election on Thursday 7 May 2015.

Admin vortexes need not apply! Seriously, it really isn't difficult but if you aren't already squared away, this is the time to sort it. If in any doubt, you are very welcome to use our contact form to get in touch with BAFF. These are the fast approaching deadlines:

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Combat Stress: More veterans seeking help with military PTSD

Veterans' mental health charity Combat Stress report a 26% increase in the number of ex-Service personnel seeking help for mental ill-health and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) over the last year. They say that the increase is mainly accounted for by a marked rise in those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan seeking help.

The good news, according to Combat Stress, is that residential programmes offered at their treatment centres are proving to be an effective treatment for veterans with psychological injuries. Research published in the British Medical Journal showed that the charity’s intensive six-week course improved PTSD symptoms in 87 per cent of cases.

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UK forces and the Lariam Legacy

A BBC Radio 4 investigation asks why the Ministry of Defence continues to use a drug that has been shown to cause psychosis, hallucinations, paranoia and confusion. It is alleged that, unlike other travellers who are able to make an informed choice and change their medication if they experience problems, some British service personnel in malarial regions have been given no choice and, in some cases, have been ignored when they reported side effects.

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Armed Forces Pay Review Body (AFPRB) recommendations 2015

As predicted, the Armed Forces Pay Review Body (AFPRB) has recommended a general increase of 1% in base pay, increases of up to 2.8% in rental charges for service accommodation, and of 1.5% in the daily food charge.

BAFF has also just learned that Australian Defence Force personnel, after a hard-fought but respectful campaign by representative organisations with influential MP support, have finally won an increase to their Government's original pay offeran increase to their Government's original pay offer.

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