Community Covenant Signing
The Armed Forces Covenant
An Enduring Covenant Between
The People of the United Kingdom
Her Majesty’s Government
– and –
All those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces of the Crown
And their Families
The first duty of Government is the defence of the realm. Our Armed Forces fulfil that
responsibility on behalf of the Government, sacrificing some civilian freedoms, facing
danger and, sometimes, suffering serious injury or death as a result of their duty.
Families also play a vital role in supporting the operational effectiveness of our
Armed Forces. In return, the whole nation has a moral obligation to the members of
the Naval Service, the Army and the Royal Air Force, together with their families.
They deserve our respect and support, and fair treatment.
Those who serve in the Armed Forces, whether regular or Reserve, those who have
served in the past, and their families, should face no disadvantage compared to
other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services. Special
consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given
most such as the injured and the bereaved.