This Army HIVE is open for visitors. An appointment system is in place so before your visit please email or phone the HIVE to book one. Please also ensure that ‘Hands, Face, Space’ is adhered to within the HIVE building and office to protect all visitors and staff. Alternatively our staff are available to answer your queries by email and telephone during the advertised office hours.

If you want to ensure that you receive the very latest information including official Army policy and guidance plus local insights, please contact the HIVE to be added to our distribution list for regular email updates. We abide by the Data Protection Act and you can withdraw your permission to receive our emails at any time.

Please also see HIVE’s other social media platforms: and Army HIVE Twitter @ArmyHIVEinfo

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Domestic Abuse Confidential Helpline

Tensions could increase within households during the football season and this will be heightened during the COVID crisis.

If you are suffering from domestic abuse you can get help and support now…

Call New Era on 0300 303 3778

Ministry of Defence Police Recruiting

MOD Police are looking for new recruits to join the MDP and train to be Authorised Firearms Officers, opens for applicant registration on 13 July. Vacancies at locations across the UK.
More information

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs - What you can and can't do after 4th July

Click HERE for all the information

Monday, 29 June 2020

Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced from 1 August

Mandatory MOT test for car, motorcycle and van owners in England, Scotland and Wales to be reintroduced to keep roads safe.
For more details visit:

Social Housing to be prioritised for veterans

New measures announced to provide improved access for members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families to social housing.

Applying for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Travelling to Europe from 1 January 2021

Your EHIC might not be valid from 1 January 2021. Buy travel insurance that comes with healthcare cover before you travel.

The rules for passports, driving, pet travel and more may also change.

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Op Faran - Background and Q&A

to read the full document

Monday, 22 June 2020

Check if a Health Condition Affects Your Driving

You need to tell DVLA about some medical conditions as they can affect your driving.

Use the A to Z to check if you need to report your condition and find the relevant form or questionnaire.

You can be fined up to £1,000 if you do not tell DVLA about a medical condition that affects your driving. You may be prosecuted if you’re involved in an accident as a result.

See HERE for further information

MOD Pocket Guide - drinkaware

How much alcohol is too much?

The UK Chief Medical Officers’ low-risk guidelines are that we shouldn’t regularly drink more than 14 units a week. 

Yet one in three of us do.

This little booklet will help you figure out how many units are in various drinks, and suggests ways of cutting down the weekly intake.
MOD Pocket Guide - Drinkaware

Army Pride 2020

To view this document, please click HERE

Friday, 19 June 2020

Agility - COVID 19 Operating Conditions

For those of you who are moving SFA, please take time to read the attached letter from Agility outlining COVID-19 related guidelines for your move.

NHS Armed Forces Health Briefing - COVID-19

Click HERE to read latest update

Thursday, 18 June 2020

MOD Letter to Families on employment

Read the full letter addressed to Service spouses and partners HERE.

The British Army Breastfeeding Network Facebook Page

The Army Parents’ Network yesterday launched a new sub network - The British Army Breastfeeding Network.

The new network aims to support servicewomen breastfeeding, pregnant servicewomen aiming to breastfeed, and also supports spouses who are breastfeeding or aiming to breastfeed.

Although the title says “army”, all three services are more than welcome to join.

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Universal Credit and Covid-19

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched a new campaign around Universal Credit and COVID-19.
new website has been launched to provide clear, factual information on employment and benefits support with advice on housing, furlough, sick pay and self-employment, alongside advice and FAQs for employers, those already claiming and those making a new claim.

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Moneyforce Website Closure

Whilst the MoneyForce website is now closed, financial support and advice is still available from The Royal British Legion. The Legion’s expert team of Financial Advisors are on hand to offer you guidance and support. Whether it’s worries about debts and paying bills or advice on benefits, pensions or planning for your future, they’re here to help. If you’re worried about your finances you can find our how the Royal British Legion can help via visiting their website or call them on 0808 802 8080 8am-8pm 7 days a week.

The MoneyForce popular tools and calculators are still available from Money Advise Service. These include budget planners, mortgage and stamp duty calculators. Check out the website.

Has COVID-19 been affecting your finances? Many in the Armed Forces community are facing extra money worries as a result of COVID-19 and we’re here to help. Here are our 5 top tips for managing your finances during the outbreak, written by our team of expert Financial Advisors.

Citizens Advice - Scams Awareness Fortnight 2020

Click HERE for more details

Joint Service Housing Office Video

The JSHAO is the MOD’s tri-service focal point to provide service personnel and their dependants with civilian housing information for those wishing to move to civilian accommodation at any time in their career, and for those during resettlement to assist with the transition to civilian life.
Watch the Joint Service Housing video and read the transcript attached.
For more information about JSHAO please visit the JSHAO collection page.

 Click HERE to play

Lifeworks: we're online

We’re here to help veterans and military families who are looking for sustainable employment, training or education; or advice to help them land their dream role. Whilst we are unable to deliver face-to-face programmes during this time, we have sought to increase our online delivery capability. Please see below for details of upcoming introduction courses for both veterans and military families. These courses will enable you to find out more about LifeWorks, introduce our team members, and help us start to build a plan of how we can support you personally towards your employment goals.

18th June – LifeWorks Families Introduction Session

19th June – LifeWorks for Veterans Introduction Session

25th June – LifeWorks Families Introduction Session 

26th June – LifeWorks for Veterans Introduction Session

If you are interested in taking part in any of the above sessions, please contact us to find out more by emailing or calling us freephone 0800 319 6844.

New Study to understand effect of covid on Veterans

A new study to understand the effect of coronavirus on former service personnel is to be launched today, veterans minister Johnny Mercer has announced.
The work is sponsored by the Office for Veterans’ Affairs (OVA) and will be undertaken by the world leading King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR), King’s College London.
The study will look at whether COVID-19 has had any specific impact on the veteran community in the UK. This in turn will allow policy makers in government to understand potential issues affecting veterans and respond accordingly based on expert advice and evidence.
The work will collect data on loneliness, social support, alcohol consumption, mental health, gambling and general well-being. It will also explore the resilience of veterans and whether their experiences in the Armed Forces have actually better prepared them for the unprecedented circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. Data will be collected through an online survey starting on Monday 15th June.
Click HERE for more information

Loneliness Awareness Week

This week is #LonelinessAwarenessWeek. In times like these, lots of people could do with a friendly check-in. So if you’re waiting in a shop queue or for a tea to brew, why not give someone you know a call or text and make their day. For support, click on the following link:

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Parents returning to work after extended leave eligible for furlough

People on paternity and maternity leave who return to work in the coming months will be eligible for the government’s furlough scheme
Read more HERE

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Little Troopers - free birthday packs...first come, first served

Little Troopers sends out free birthday packs to military children

Military children’s charity, Little Troopers, has added a limited-edition party pack to its free birthday card initiative. The packs are aimed at Armed Forces children who will be celebrating their birthday over the coming weeks and may have a parent serving away from home.

The charity already posts handwritten birthday cards and a special birthday badge to military children, but parents requesting a birthday card from the charity over the coming weeks will also be sent a mini birthday pack including balloons, a banner and cake flags. In addition, the charity has introduced two new card designs, one aimed at under 11s and one for older children. Parents can decide exactly what is written in the card, with many choosing to send a message from a serving parent who is away from home as a birthday surprise.

Little Troopers has 500 free birthday packs available. To order one, visit and fill out the form. Once the 500 packs have gone, the free birthday card scheme will continue as usual.

For families who are experiencing separation at the moment, Little Troopers also has lots of free resources on its website and a free story recording app for tablet devices called Little Troopers Treasures, which keeps children connected to their serving parent during deployments and other service commitments.

FAQs on new Covid-19 health measures at the border and impact on Defence:

Click HERE  to view

NB: These FAQs may contain links that are only available on internal MOD systems and may not be available to all.  For any enquiries regarding content or access to Links please speak to your Chain of Command for further advice.​

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Open Learn - Free course MSE’s Academy of Money

The Open University has joined forces with MoneySavingExpert (MSE) to produce this new free course to give you the skills and knowledge to master your finances. The course was written by The OU, with MSE providing support and guidance.
Click HERE for more information

Latest Army HQ Update

Click HERE to watch latest update

Job Change Free Functional Skills Course

Monday, 8 June 2020

SSAFA - Forcesline

DIO Housing Recovery Plan - FAQs

Now that the three month freeze on assignments has been lifted, we understand that many Service personnel and their families will be keen to progress their house moves. We are working closely with the Single services, Agility and our Industry Partners, and in line with UK Government guidance and that of the devolved administrations, to reactivate housing services in a phased and orderly way. The safety of SFA occupants, DIO and Industry Partner personnel remains our key priority as we work to recover housing services. We will continue to keep you fully informed of developments.

DIO Accommodation has developed a Housing Recovery Plan that we are keen to share with you which focuses on three key areas of service delivery:

•The regeneration of house moves from 15 June;

•The recovery of outstanding Statutory and Mandatory safety testing; and

•The reactivation of housing project works and minor works, together with the delivery of a full response maintenance service.

We have updated our Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to cover each activity.

To see the full FAQ, please CLICK HERE

Message from the Children's Education Advisory Service

“The Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) team are working remotely due to COVID-19. If Service families need to contact us regarding any issues to do with their child’s education for example CEA, School admissions, advice regarding their child’s Special Educational Needs and Disability/ Additional Needs, overseas education, or retaining Service Family Accommodation for educational reasons, then they should email:   
Please do not ring or post documents as there is no-one in the office to respond, but the general email is checked several times a day. There is more information on our website, and matters related to COVID-19 can be found here:

How to make your own face covering

From 15 June it will be compulsory to wear a face covering in England when on public transport. You should also wear one in enclosed spaces where social distancing is difficult. 
Find out how to make one or visit: 

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Annington Trust and AFF Brighten Your Day

Are you in need of a boost to lift your lockdown mood? Annington Trust and AFF want to brighten the day of UK-based Army families. You can apply for free book and magazine subscriptions, entertainment gift cards, children’s activity boxes or even tell us what’s on your lockdown wish list.

We want to continue to support you during these testing times by providing a boost to your family, friends or someone close to you.

You can apply for a three-month subscription to Rainy Day Box for children, a four-month subscription to Aquila Magazine for children aged 8 to 12 or a three-month subscription to Willoughby Book Club. Also up for grabs is a three-month gift membership to Audible, a £25 Netflix gift card or an item of your choice up to the value of £50.

To apply, complete the form by 12 June.

Terms and conditions are here.

DIO - UK SFA Infographic 2020/21

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Border Control: new rules from 8 June

From 8 June, there will be new rules in place for entering the UK because of coronavirus (COVID-19). The rules are for residents and visitors. When these rules are in place, you will:

* need to provide your journey and contact details when you travel to the UK

* not be allowed to leave the place you’re staying for the first 14 days you’re in the UK except in very limited situations (known as ‘self-isolating’)

Full details HERE

Army Policy Update - Army HIVE Facebook

Click HERE to view clip

Tax Free Childcare

Find out about temporary changes that may affect you if you're applying for, or already getting, Tax-Free Childcare or 30 hours free childcare HERE

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Monday, 1 June 2020

Education Support Fund and COVID19

The MOD Education Support Fund (ESF) recently opened for applications from state schools, free schools and local authorities (LAs). The bidding round remains open until 7 October 2020. To secure funding from the ESF, applicants must provide evidence of the impact of mobility and/or deployment on their school.

With personnel moves suspended and rebasing activities put on hold due to COVID-19, there will be limited movement of Service pupils in schools. DCYP, who administer the ESF on behalf of the MOD, recognise that this year it will be more difficult for schools and LAs to provide the same level of evidence as previously.

Domestic Abuse