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Pension and compensation schemes for the armed forces, veterans and their families

About this information

This information applies to:

  • serving members of the armed forces, including reservists - this includes members of the Territorial Army, Royal Naval Reserve (RNR), the Royal Marines Reserve (RMR) and the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR)
  • people who used to serve in the armed forces including reservists (veterans)
  • the dependants of serving members of the armed forces and veterans

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Armed forces pension schemes

Pension schemes provide payments to you after you've left the armed forces or when you retire.

The amount of your pension will depend on:

  • your rank
  • your length of service
  • how old you were when you joined

You can use the Armed forces pensions calculator to get a forecast of your pension.

Your armed forces pension does not affect your State Pension.

You can find out about your State Pension on GOV.UK.

Serving members pensions

The Armed Forces Pension Scheme 2015 (AFPS 15) was introduced on 1 April 2015.

If you're a serving member of the armed forces (including the reserve forces) your pension will have been transfered to AFPS 15. This is unless you qualified for transitional protection, which meant you could stay with one of the previous schemes.

You can read about AFPS 15 and find information about previous armed forces pension schemes on GOV.UK.

Veterans pensions

You can find guidance on pensions for veterans on GOV.UK.

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War Widow's or War Widower's pension

If your husband, wife or civil partner died as a result of serving in the armed forces, you may get a War Widow’s or War Widower's pension.

This is based on your husband, wife or civil partner's pay.

You can read a guide about the War Widow(er) pension on GOV.UK.

For more information, contact Veterans UK. You can find their contact details in the Further help section.

For more information on benefits when someone has died, see Benefits and Bereavement.

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Compensation schemes

Compensation schemes are schemes that will help you if you're injured while serving. They will also help you if you're a dependant of a member of the armed forces who died in service.

For more information about compensation schemes, see If you were forced to leave the armed forces because of serious injury.

The schemes you may be able to use depend on:

  • your type of service
  • when you served and for how long
  • the type of help you need

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If you have health problems because of being in the Armed Forces

If you have health problems because of being in the Armed Forces, you may be entitled to payments under the war pension scheme or the Armed Forces compensation scheme.

For more information about the war pension scheme and the Armed Forces compensation scheme, see If you were forced to leave the Armed Forces because of serious injury.

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Further help

More information for the Armed Forces, veterans and their families on Adviceguide

For more education information, see Help with training and qualifications for people leaving the Armed Forces and veterans.

For more financial information, see Benefits and concessions for the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.

For more health information, see Healthcare for people injured in the Armed Forces and veterans.

For more housing information, see Housing options for people leaving the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.

For more general information on pensions, see Pensions.

Other organisations

Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion can give advice on pensions and help with making your claim.

Telephone: Legionline: 08457 725 725
Website: www.britishlegion.org.uk.

Legion Scotland (Royal British Legion Scotland)

Legion Scotland can give help and advice on Armed Forces pensions in Scotland. For more information contact:

Legion Scotland
New Haig House
Logie Green Road
Edinburgh
EH7 4HQ

Telephone: 0131 550 1583
Email: info@legionscotland.org.uk
Website: www.legionscotland.org.uk.

War Pensions and Compensation Service

For information about War Disablement Pensions and War Widow or Widower's Pension in England and Wales, contact:

War Pensions and Compensation Service
The Royal British Legion
Haig House
199 Borough High Street
London
SE1 1AA

Telephone: 020 3207 2164 or 020 3207 2168 or 020 3207 2169
Fax: 020 3207 2218
Email: through the website at www.britishlegion.org.uk.

War Pensions and Compensation Team

For information about compensation claims in England and Wales, contact:

War Pensions and Compensation Team
The Royal British Legion
Haig House
199 Borough High Street
London
SE1 1AA

Telephone: 020 3207 2163
Fax: 020 3207 2218
Email: through the website at www.britishlegion.org.uk.

Veterans UK

Veterans UK gives advice on Armed Forces pensions and deal with claims for war pensions and compensation.

Its website has a lot of other useful information for veterans and their families, including on welfare support and other specialist support programmes that are available to veterans. It provides links to many other veterans organisations.

Veterans UK also runs a free helpline for veterans, which gives advice on many topics.

For more information you can contact them at:

Veterans UK
Ministry of Defence
Norcross
Thornton-Cleveleys
Lancashire
FY5 3WP

Veterans Helpline: 0808 1914218
Bereavement and textphone line: 0800 169 3458
Email: veterans-uk@mod.uk
Website: www.veterans-uk.info.

Forces Pension Society

The Forces Pension Society can give advice about Armed Forces pensions.

You can find out more information by contacting them at:

The Forces Pension Society
68 South Lambeth Road
London
SW8 1RL

Telephone: 020 7820 9988
Fax: 020 7820 7583
Email: memsec@forpen.co.uk
Website: www.forpen.org

Aftercare Service – Northern Ireland

The Aftercare Service provides medical, vocational, welfare and benevolence support to former full-time and part-time UDR and R IRISH (HS) soldiers and their families.

You can telephone one of their field teams:

North (Coleraine) 02892 260615
East (Holywood) 02890 420266
West (Enniskillen) 02892 260114
South (Portadown) 02890 260044

Website: www.aftercareservice.org

Supporting Britain's Reservists and Employers

Supporting Britain's Reservists and Employers (SaBRE) gives support and advice to reservists and their employers on all matters including pensions.

You can find out more by contacting them at:

SaBRE
Holderness House
Clifton Street
London
EC2A 4EY

Helpline: 0800 389 5459
Fax: 020 7426 8390
Email: through their website at www.sabre.mod.uk
Website: www.sabre.mod.uk

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