Has your Army family been posted overseas in the last three years? Have you returned to the UK after an overseas posting?

The Army Families Federation (AFF) has released a new survey to help them to gain a better understanding of the impact of an overseas posting on Army families.

They want to hear about your family life overseas: what works well and where improvement is needed compared to Army life in the UK. The short survey asks families to consider whether they were able to make an informed choice about their posting before accepting it.

You’ll have the opportunity to share your experiences of housing, education, healthcare, employment and welfare support for your posting, and all evidence gathered by the charity will inform their work with MOD and service providers to improve the overseas experience for families now and in the future.

AFF UK & Overseas Director Collette Musgrave said: “Gathering current evidence from families is vital in making sure we can continue to highlight the issues affecting Army families to decision makers.

“It’s a topic we’ve prioritised for some time now, and have already achieved some positive changes, such as an increase to overseas Disturbance Expense and the doubling of School Children’s Visits to ensure families can stay connected across the miles.”

AFF is asking families to share their biggest overseas challenges, as well as the positives of a posting abroad, so they can build a clearer picture of what families truly need. This includes once their posting is over and they return to the UK, which can bring its own set of challenges for many families.

To help AFF gather much needed evidence to push for positive change, take their short survey here.