Welcome to the British Armed Forces Federation (BAFF), independent all-ranks staff association for members of all branches of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army and Royal Air Force, including the reserves.

All UK service personnel are eligible to become members and, as BAFF is not a political organisation, to take an active part in the activities of the Federation if they wish. Former regular or reserve forces personnel are also very welcome. Join BAFF today!



BAFF already offers free basic professional legal advice for any BAFF full member approached by the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) for an interview, even if apparently as a witness and not under caution. After consultation with the legal firm with whom we have this arrangement, BAFF is very pleased to confirm that this offer applies to all recent or current military operations, including the Op Northmoor inquiry (Afghanistan / Herrick).

Any full BAFF member approached by the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT), even if apparently as a potential witness, can now consult a solicitor absolutely free of charge. This is an extension of the 'pro bono' Court Martial representation scheme already available to BAFF members. UPDATE: After consultation with the legal firm concerned, this BAFF member offer also applies to inquiries arising from other operations, specifically those in Afghanistan.

Nov 2016

22 - BAFF spokesman Adrian Weale was interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland about the Awards for Valour (Protection) Bill, which is the subject of a report released today by the House of Commons Defence Committee, and is due to be debated in Parliament on Friday 25 Nov. Adrian spoke about the real harm created by fraudulent wearing of medals.

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The response of senior commanders to the creation of BAFF and their criticism set out for the House of Commons Select Committee has been mixed.

While some senior commanders have argued that any independent organisation designed to ''fight for the rights'' of British troops is completely unnecessary and threatens a dangerous breakdown of military discipline, others, such as the late Lord Garden, a former RAF Air Marshal and veteran of the first Gulf War, have been ''surprised talking to retired senior military people who are prepared to think about it, saying there might be a case for it''.

Out of Step, the case for change in the British armed forces, T Edmunds & A Foster, Demos think tank 2007