Independent all-ranks staff association for regular, reserve and veteran UK armed forces personnel

Unconnected with BAFF: "The Servicemens Union"

In May 2008 a new website appeared under the banner of 'The Servicemen's Union'.

The servicemen's union has been set up for all serving and ex-service personnel. We believe that all servicemen and women have the right to join a union and that we should as soon as possible be affiliated to the TUC, like any other union.

The website helpfully provided a copy of "The Original Soldier's Charter", which appears to have been published by Hull University Union Labour Society in 1971:

In consultation with members of the Leeds Labour Party Young Socialists, this Labour Society and the Young Chartists nationally, the authors of this document. all of them young soldiers, have formed a "Soldiers'Trade Union Rights Movment"...

This document is a fascinating period piece, which helps to explain why the typical opponent of a representative staff association had served as an officer in the 1970s.

The Servicemen's Union has no connection with the British Armed Forces Federation.


The Servicemen's Union website appears to have disappeared after 2009. We have an electronic copy of the 1971 "Soldier's Charter" for researchers.



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Welcome to British Armed Forces Federation - BAFF - independent all-ranks staff association for members of any branch of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army and Royal Air Force, including the reserves. All current UK service 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 wish. Former regular or reserve forces personnel are also very welcome.