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. Please use our secure online form to join.

     

Feb 2017

14 - The British Armed Forces Federation's former chairman Doug Young was interviewed on the BBC's Good Morning Scotland programme about Ministry of Defence proposals affecting compensation for injury or death of armed forces personnel on operations. Young explained some of the arguments for and against the published proposals, and encouraged anyone with views on this to respond to the MOD consultation which closes on Thursday 23 February.

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.

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If you are serving or have served in HM Armed Forces you can be a BAFF Member or Supporter.

The MOD recognises the British Armed Forces Federation and other such organisations as effective mechanisms by which the views of service personnel can become known. Service personnel are free to join them, provided they do not take a particularly active part in any political activity. To be honest, we are not aware of any groundswell of opinion from members of our armed forces that the remit of the armed forces federations should be extended or that they should be established on a statutory basis.

Mark Lancaster MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence, Armed Forces Bill debate, 15 Oct 2015