Service personnel will be able to apply for enhanced flexible working opportunities now that the Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill has received Royal Ascent…

Consultation within the Armed Forces has found that personnel want more choice over the way they serve when their personal circumstances change, such as having young children, needing to care for elderly relatives, or taking on further training and education.

Personnel will also be able to restrict the amount of time they spend away from their home base and their families.

The plans, which will come into effect in 2019, are part of a range of measures the Armed Forces are implementing to become more modern and diverse.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “This change will make it significantly easier for our dedicated Armed Forces to raise their children, care for elderly relatives, or look after an ill family member. This will ensure we are able to retain and recruit the brightest and the best from all backgrounds to keep Britain safe.”

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said: “Flexible work is key to retaining our expert personnel who we’ve invested in during their military career. Personnel have told us they want more flexibility and we have listened – that’s what this Act delivers.”

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