We are the British Armed Forces Federation (BAFF), the independent tri-service all-ranks staff association for regular, reserve and veteran armed forces personnel.
The Scottish National Party's devolved Scottish Government published on 26 November their White Paper entitled "Scotland's Future: Your Guide to an Independent Scotland". The extract below sets out the intended position of current service personnel and veterans in the event of a 'Yes' vote in the September 2014 Referendum. It says that no Scottish service personnel would face compulsory redundancy during their contract period. The Scottish Government also intends to examine how the terms and conditions of service personnel could be improved, for example through the official representation of service personnel.
10 - BAFF spokesman Adrian Weale warned that "Afghanistan should not become a forgotten conflict... it is important we remember that people are still sacrificing themselves and taking risks on our behalf." Telegraph: Do not overlook troops still in Afganistan, warn military figures
08 - BAFF's Adrian Weale gave interviews on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Wales in response to the latest intervention by Child Soldiers International against recruitment opportunities for teenagers.
18 - BAFF chairman D Young was interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland about the 'Fog of Law' paper issued by the Policy Exchange think tank. Young welcomed a debate on the important issues raised but was incredulous about some claims and recommendations in the paper. A fuller response will follow on this website.
18 - Also on 18 Oct, BAFF welcomed the decision of the SNP party conference that the personnel of any independent Scottish Defence Force should have the official right of representation, as part of a package of improved conditions for service personnel. SNP press release. BAFF remains neutral and impartial on the independence referendum decision.
13 - BAFF was quoted in the Scottish edition of The Sunday Times:
New rules come into force on 1 December 2013 affecting foreign and commonwealth personnel applying to live in the UK.
BritishForcesNews reports that the changes include a minimum income requirement and all spouses having to take an English language test.
In Cyprus personnel have been urged to apply for their visa before the changes come into force. See this video report from BritishForcesNews: