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. 

DMWS was one of only 50 organisations to be recognised for its outstanding support of its Armed Forces staff, by receiving the prestigious Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award 2018, from the Ministry of Defence.



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. 

To join the team, search and apply for roles on our website: www.dmws.org.uk/vacancies


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