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Working towards true representation for armed forces personnel

Welcome to British Armed Forces Federation - BAFF - the only independent representative all-ranks staff association open to serving members of any branch of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army and Royal Air Force, including the reserves. All UK forces personnel of any rank are eligible to join and, as BAFF is not a political organisation, to take an active part in its activities if they like. Former regular or reserve forces personnel are also welcome.

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BAFF in the news

Man reading a newspaper on fire to illustrate BAFF in the NewsJun 2019

06 - BAFF spokesman Adrian Weale was interviewed about D Day and what has changed for today’s forces veterans. He said that while not every veteran needed help, some did and their needs had become to an extent neglected during the Cold War. While more provision had been made through charities there was a need for ring-fenced funding through a separate department.

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'No need for staff association, because service family federations do a very good job on behalf of forces personnel'

Opposing a Private Member's Bill to authorise an armed forces representative body, a former defence minister argued that in addition to service charities there already are "a plethora of existing families federations across each of the services that do a very good job and exist to advocate on behalf of forces personnel and their families".

But the very fact of the forces family federations, to varying degrees, increasingly taking on an individual and collective representative role on behalf of service personnel - including single personnel - is, we would argue, proof of the need for representation.

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'Armed Forces Federation': Half a century 1956-2006

The founding members of BAFF didn't invent the idea of a representative staff association for armed forces personnel. Neither does BAFF claim to have created the term 'armed forces federation', which has existed in the English language for more than half a century. The idea of some form of independent representation for British service personnel has been mooted many times since the Second World War.

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