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A prominent centre-page piece in today's Daily Telegraph declares that Scottish soldiers based at Catterick in Yorkshire "have been disenfranchised" in the independence referendum.
But the article omits the fact that regular service personnel from Scotland have the option of registering there as service voters, and then of voting by post or by proxy.
For those registered Scottish voters who have already arranged a postal vote, your postal ballot pack should be posted to you today Tuesday 26 August or tomorrow.
If you want a postal or proxy vote and have not have arranged one, you can still apply until 3 September, which would be leaving it very late. The deadline to register to vote is 2 September. Don't be lastminute.com if you want your vote to count in this historic decision.
More than four million official poll cards have been posted out to voters in Scotland this week. Poll cards give deg etails of your polling place and the polling hours, 7am to 10pm. Keep your card for polling day on 18 September because although you do not need to have it with you on the day, it will save time if you take it to the polling station and show it to the staff there.
Your poll card also has details of how to vote. Your address should also have received the Electoral Commission's 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum Voting Guide; if not, click here for an online copy. Also available: DIN2013DIN01-242 Scottish Independence Referendum - Guidance for Service personnel wishing to vote. The Q&A from the DIN were widely published online - such as here on the RAF Community Support website.
An internal reminder has been issued recently to encourage all eligible personnel and their families to register to vote.
Interviewed on the BBC's Good Morning Wales programme about reported delays in processing claims under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS), the BAFF Chairman criticised the excuse that such delays were "partly down to the compensation culture". While we know that many claimants have managed their own claims successfully, Young queried whether injured personnel should not be allowed to seek assistance from the Royal British Legion or others in complex cases. He commented in the interview that the excuse "made a nonsense of the Armed Forces Covenant".
The Government has now confirmed acceptance of Sir John Holmes's latest recommendations, introducing new clasps for Cyprus 1963-64 and the Berlin Airlift, and introducing revised qualification criteria for the South Atlantic Medal (1982) and the General Service Medal with clasp 'CYPRUS' for operations 1955-59. Full details below.
BAFF congratulates all who are to benefit from the announced changes.
In conjunction with events to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Normandy landings, the Government of France has advised the Ministry of Defence that it wishes to award the Legion d'Honneur to all surviving veterans; not only of the landings, but also the wider Battle for Normandy; the Invasion of Provence (Operation Dragoon); the Liberation of Paris and the Liberation of France.
Members of the Volunteer Reserves, their spouses or civil partners, and their dependent children are now eligible for the HM Forces Railcard.
Available from 1 July 2014, the railcard will save a third off normal fares. Existing holders were already saving an average of £143 per year.
BAFF in the news
06 - BAFF Chairman, Douglas Young, was interviewed on the BBC's Good Morning Wales programme about delays by Veterans UK in processing claims by serving personnel, veterans and bereaved dependants under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS). See AFCS delays allegedly "down to compensation culture"