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

Monday, 30 November 2020

Closing 30th November - NHS Armed Forces Survey

We want you to share your thoughts, experiences and ideas by filling in this questionnaire, which covers NHS services in England only.

Anyone can share their views, however, we are particularly keen to hear from armed forces families (regular, reserve and veteran families), people who are serving in or who have served in the British armed forces and organisations working with or supporting the armed forces community. Responses will be treated in confidence and help us to improve the care and support we offer to armed forces families in England.

For more information, see the engagement document.

Download an easy read version of the engagement document.

To take the survey CLICK HERE

Have your say, survey closes 30 Nov Midnight! Don’t miss your chance to share your views on how the NHS can support your family. Click here for more information:

Thursday, 26 November 2020

Full List Of Local Restriction Tiers By Area

This page sets out the full list of local restriction tiers by area from Wednesday 2nd December 2020.

Click HERE for where you are in the tiers

7 Simple Tips To Tackle Working From Home

Click HERE to find out more

National Living Wage to Increase

The National Living Wage will increase to £8.91
for those aged 23 and over : April 2021

Apply for The Great British Bake Off for 2021


Awesome Autumn

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

TogetherAll - National Grief Awareness Week - 2-8 December

National Grief Awareness Week


It’s NationalGriefAwareness Day! Did you know that @wearetogetherall_ has a range of courses & resources to support your #mentalhealth, such as a course to help you cope with #grief and loss. Register today for FREE - HERE

#NGAW #ShareYourStory


It’s #NationalGriefAwarenessDay and did you know that @togetheralluk has a range of courses & resources to support your #mentalhealth, such as a course to help you cope with #grief and loss. Register today for FREE = HERE

#NGAW #ShareYourStory 

Forces in Mind Trust awards £500,000 to the ADVANCE Study to explore military to civilian transition experiences of combat veterans

 Forces in Mind Trust awards £500,000 to the ADVANCE Study to explore military to civilian transition experiences of combat veterans. Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has awarded £500,000 to the ADVANCE Study Charity over the next five years, as part of a ground-breaking 20-year project exploring outcomes for battlefield casualties in the UK Armed Forces. The ADVANCE Study (The Armed Service Trauma Rehabilitation Outcome Study) is a collaboration between the Academic Department of Military Rehabilitation (ADMR, Stanford Hall), Imperial College London and King’s College London. It is the first comprehensive long-term cohort study to investigate the physical and psycho-social outcomes of battlefield casualties. Previous research into the long-term outcomes of Vietnam or World War II veterans have been inconclusive or focused on narrow criteria, resulting in the need for a methodologically robust cohort study. As such, the study is focused on those deployed in Afghanistan with the UK Armed Forces between 2002 and 2014, and will take place over a 20-year period. For more information, please see:

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Walking with the Wounded - Walking Home for Christmas Challenge

COVID has created a new battlefield and a mental health crisis that particularly impacts on ex-military and their families who are in urgent need of mental health care.

Walking With The Wounded needs your action today to back our work with the NHS to support the hardest to reach.

This is one event you can still do. Serve those who served us and create some good news by doing a walk - walking home, or somewhere important to you, wherever you are, to raise funds. Anytime 10-20 Dec. The challenge is yours. Read more...


Defence Discount Service November newsletter


Monday, 23 November 2020

NHS Armed Forces Briefing - 23rd November 2020


To read the full Armed Forces Health - Covid-19 Brief please click HERE

Parent Talk: Digital Parenting Support: free online support for parents with children of all ages through Action for Children.

• This includes a “chat” facility with parenting coaches who offer professional advice and support.
• Online information for mental health, parenting, dealing with parental conflict
• “What I need to know about the Covid 19 situation and practical home learning” and
activity ideas.


MOD - Guide for Parents of LGBT+ Children

The Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) LGBT network, along with other LGBT allies from across defence, have launched a guide for military and civilian parents of LGBT+ children.

Click HERE to view Guide


Friday, 20 November 2020

Help to Buy Equity Loan Scheme

The current version of the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme will end on 31 March 2021, but the deadline to apply if you want to take part is Tuesday 15 December.

To obtain the equity loan, your home must be built by 28 February 2021 and the sale completed by 31 March 2021. If you reserved your home by 30 June this year but construction has been delayed by coronavirus, the deadline for your home to be built is 30 April 2021 and completion of sale is 31 May 2021. More information about coronavirus-related delays to equity loan purchases can be found on the Gov website

From 1 April 2021, equity loans will be restricted to first-time buyers. Applications for this version of the scheme will open on 16 December 2020.


Christmas Gift Guide 2020 - Celebrating Military Families in Business

Tap image or click HERE to view Guide


HIVE - 35th Birthday

Forward your stories, comments and pictures to


Thursday, 19 November 2020

Free Support Line for NHS and Social Care Workers


CTP - The Partner Career Support Programme

 If your partner has been in regular, FTRS, or MPGS Service for at least four years and hasn’t submitted a notice of termination, or isn’t less than two years from ending their military engagement, we’d love to hear from you - apply now HERE

PCSP Social Intro Video

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Covid 19 Childcare Bubble Information

If you have a child or children aged 13 or under, you can form a ‘childcare bubble’. This allows friends or family from one other household to provide informal childcare.


Manchester United gives free access to MUTV to UK Armed Forces

 Manchester United has become the first Premier League football club to stream its dedicated club channel, MUTV, free of charge on BFBS TV Player. For further details see:

BFBS has been broadcasting to the UK armed forces community for over 75 years, bringing the best of UK TV, sport, music and entertainment to forces and their families worldwide, wherever they may be stationed.​

BFBS Academy free webinar ‘The Social Slant’ with Matt Navarra

BFBS Academy free webinar ‘The Social Slant’ with Matt NavarraHear social media guru Matt Navarra’s top tips on how to up your social media game. Not only will Matt be sharing his wealth of knowledge, BFBS Academy’s highly experienced social media team will also be on hand to answer your questions. The webinar takes place live at 12pm UKT on Wednesday 25 November – find details here: To find out more about BFBS Academy’s new social media course, Digital Culture, visit 


Combat Stress Opens The Veterans' Intensive Mental Health Service

Today we open the Veterans' Intensive Mental Health Service (VIMHS), focusing on veterans with the most complex mental health needs – those who have several severe mental health conditions that often hugely impact their lives.

Full details can be found HERE


NHS Forces Families Survey

If you have a parent who is in or used to be in the armed forces, the NHS would like to hear your views on how it can support you better. Take part in a short questionnaire or virtual event. Click here for more​


Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Monday, 16 November 2020

Royal Mail - Letters to Santa


 It's nearly Christmas, and we know you want to make sure that your letter to Santa Claus gets to him.  Please remember, as Santa says: get your letter posted by Friday 11 December.

Please send your letters to: 

Santa/Father Christmas
Santa's Grotto

Alcohol Awareness Week - 16-22 November


Veterans should not be forgotten Project Veterans On-line Community Sessions


Friday, 13 November 2020

Covid-19 Issues for Compassionate Travel

 COVID-19 testing for Compassionate/DILFOR travel 


There has been a recent trend of foreign governments requesting UK citizens conduct a COVID-19 test prior to boarding a plane to their country.  If overseas compassionate travel has been approved by JCCC, the cost of taking this test (circa £150 per person), can be re-claimed at public expense. The cost of the COVID-19 testing can also be re-claimed for international DILFOR travel.  Any associated costs for international compassionate travel that has not secured JCCC authorisation, or for business travel, is for the relevant unit to manage.  


In all cases arranging the COVID-19 tests will be for the individual/unit to arrange, and not the JCCC. 



Compassionate Travel to Fiji  


All international flights to Fiji transit through Auckland, New Zealand (NZ).  There is now a requirement for any transit passengers entering NZ to be in possession of a Transit Visa.  In addition anyone boarding a flight to Fiji needs to be in possession of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding.  Below is the link to the NZ Immigration website (updated 9 Oct 20) which covers the routine to follow for Fijian Passport holders: 



Towards the bottom of the above website is the section ‘How to Apply for a transit visa temporarily’.  All the required documentation needs to be collated, the INZ 1019 form completed and emailed to:  There is no fee attached but processing time can be up to 7 working days.  


Exemption applications from UK MoD personnel will not be entertained.  Current options for compassionate travel to Fiji are limited. Personnel will retain their authorisation to travel but it is unlikely the journey will be within the short notice timeframes experienced before COVID-19.    

Building Heroes

Visit the Building Heroes website here              

Meet the Team - Sarah's Story


Meet the Team - Sarah's Story

As part of a series of staff stories from HIVE, we are sharing a number of stories

in the coming weeks on our Army HIVE Facebook page at the link below. 

Each story provides a personal account of working for HIVE,

feeling empowered and delivering the HIVE service to our customers across the UK and overseas.

To read Sarah's story visit 

Thursday, 12 November 2020

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Letter to Armed Forces families from Chief of Defence People


UK Armed Forces Veterans' Health And Gambling Study

The UK Armed Forces Veterans’ Health and Gambling Study is a Forces in Mind Trust-funded project to examine gambling attitudes and behaviour, mental health, and healthcare utilisation in armed forces veterans and non-veterans from the UK and Northern Ireland. It will complete in early 2021.


AFC News - Issue November 2020

Click HERE to view/download newsletter


Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Forces Families Jobs - Online Learning Opportunities


We have plenty of online learning opportunities available via Forces Families Jobs - if you fancy a new challenge or taking some time to focus on your career development over the winter months take a look today...

TogetherAll - November Calendar - Remembrance Day - 11th November


Lest we forget. Thinking of all those who gave their lives for a better future.

For anyone struggling today and beyond, @wearetogetherall_ is available to all #servingpersonnel, #veterans, #reservists, and #military members, providing FREE #mentalhealth support for the #ArmedForces

CTP - Amazon Operations Virtual Event - 13th November, 3pm - 5pm

Join Amazon on 13th November to discover more about their opportunities in operations, logistics, engineering, and HR. As well as why they want to employ you!

For more information please CLICK HERE

Meet the Team - Lindsay and Paula's Story


Meet the Team - Lindsay and Paula's Story

As part of a series of staff stories from HIVE, we are sharing a number of stories

in the coming weeks on our Army HIVE Facebook page at the link below. 

Each story provides a personal account of working for HIVE,

feeling empowered and delivering the HIVE service to our customers across the UK and overseas.

To read Lindsay and Paula's story visit

Monday, 9 November 2020

Little Troopers 2021 Calendar - Through the eyes of our Little Troopers


Charity calendar aims to inspire military children for the year ahead

Charity, Little Troopers, has released its 2021 calendar, which this year features heart-warming photos and stories of real-life military children, as well as personal messages written by celebrities to inspire all young people who have a family member serving in the British Armed Forces.

The featured photos and stories were submitted by families from across the three services – Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force – as part of the charity’s ‘Though Our Eyes’ campaign to capture the unique adventures and challenges experienced by military children over the last 18 months.

The calendar is designed for children to use at home and includes a monthly positive message from a celebrity who has either served in the military or grown-up as a military child, including Mark Ormrod MBE, Colonel Dame Kelly Holmes, Jordan North, Joanna Lumley and Andy McNab.

Some of the children featured in this year’s calendar are:

COVID 19 Armed Forces Brief - NHS

 To read the briefing in full

please CLICK HERE 

Friday, 6 November 2020

NHS Volunteering - UK Only

Many NHS organisations and charities need help from volunteers. This is a great way to get involved in the community. There are volunteer centres across the country, and many NHS trusts have volunteer managers you can contact if you want to find out about volunteer opportunities in your area.


UKVI Armed Forces Team COVID lockdown update

* UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) has confirmed that with a second lockdown now underway its Armed Forces Team (AFT) will not be taking any new requests for exemption stamps to be inserted into passports of non-UK SP.

* The AFT’s office will, however, remain open during the lockdown period with limited staffing levels to try and clear the backlog of requests that were sent in during the previous lockdown and since the office reopened in July.

* Units are advised that with immediate effect they should refrain from submitting new requests for passport exemption stamps until further notice. Regional Command is in contact with the UKVI and will advise units as to when this situation might change.

* Any SP with passports already submitted to UKVI are advised that the AFT will do its best to process all outstanding requests over the next few weeks.

* Any SP who require their passport for urgent official travel e.g. deployment, unit move or compassionate, and have submitted their passport to UKVI for endorsement should contact HQ RC Family Support via their RAO for guidance and assistance.

* SP who do not yet have their passport endorsed and are likely to undertake official travel in the near future can also contact HQ RC Family Support via their RAO for further guidance.

* Any SP with other travel plans that might be affected by the UKVI’s decision should contact their RAO or UWO in the first instance. Further guidance can be obtained from HQ RC Family Support. 


Rebranding of The Ripple Pond

Providing peer support to those who are supporting British service personnel and veterans who are living with a physical injury or mental illness.

Full details HERE 

Thursday, 5 November 2020

Coronavirus National Restrictions - 5 Nov to 2 Dec


Tri-service regulations for expenses and allowances (JSP 752)


Following the outbreak of COVID-19, the Armed Forces (Remuneration) Allowances team has worked hard to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on our people. A number of Directed Letters (DLs) have been published, adapting policy on a range of allowances, which can be found at

 Any individual queries from Service Personnel relating to these DLs should be addressed to unit admin staff.

Reading Force - Claim your free book

Getting a new book feels great – all those pages waiting to be read and experienced by you! That’s why we want to give you a book to keep when you join Reading Force. And so you can personalise it, we’ll include a special bookplate for you to write your name on.

You can claim your free book on the ‘Join Reading Force’ form or send off the postcard inside your scrapbook, you just need to tell us how you are connected to the British Forces. Once you’ve received your book, you might decide to make it your Reading Force book or you can pick one of your own favourites – it’s your choice.

If your family or friends want a copy of the book they could borrow one from the library, or get an e-book. If a family member is deployed then let us know on the form and we’ll try and send them a copy of your Reading Force book too.