The Armed Forces Covenant sets out the moral obligation of society towards members of the Armed Forces community. It enables businesses and charitable organisations to express their support, and commit to ways in which they can provide that support.

In January 2014, our charity, the Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) signed up to the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant to formally pledge our support to those who serve.

In 2014 the MoD introduced the Employer Recognition Scheme to award those organisations who provide exceptional support to the Armed Forces community and the defence and DMWS was awarded Silver for outstanding support to armed forces personnel, veterans and reservists in the same year.

“Receiving this award for giving employees the opportunity to serve their country, while at the same time continuing to do their day jobs, is a great accolade.  As a provider of welfare support to the Armed Forces Community for over 70 years we closely align our values with the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant.  We are proud to employ reservists and it is a privilege to support them in the extra work they do in their additional roles” said Lorraine Pink, former Director of Business Development, DMWS.

The awards are reviewed every 3 years and we are delighted that our Silver has been revalidated in 2017 in recognition for going above and beyond our covenant pledges.

Nicky Murdoch MBE (DMWS’s CEO at the time) said: “This is the second time we have been given the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award which celebrates our continuous support for the employment of service personnel. In fact, 71% of our current workforce is from the Armed Forces community made up of veterans, reservists and spouses, recognising the immense value they bring to their role at DMWS.”

We are a strong supporter of the Armed Forces and actively promote the Armed Forces Covenant commitment to industry and the community. We act as an intermediary between different organisations and (ex-)military personnel and their families to enhance understanding and appreciation of the Armed Forces which has reduced conflict and led to better service provision.
For example, we regularly attend events and meetings promoting the support to the Armed Forces community and shares related news to increase awareness of frontline staff and the covenant. We also supports other organisations by providing Mental Health First Aid training with a focus on the challenges and issues faced by the Armed Forces community.  

DMWS supports service veterans, spouses of serving members, WIS military personnel seeking employment, as well as offering support to existing employees undertaking Reserve service with up to 10 days paid leave for annual training and cadet instructors with up to up to 10 days paid leave with the approval of the line manager. 

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Paul Gaffney, CEO of DMWS talks about the importance of the Armed Forces Covenant