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Defence Command Paper Refresh 2023

The Refreshed Defence Command Paper was published on 18th July 2023, and sets out the future for the Armed Forces.

The Defence Command Paper (DCP23) Ministerial foreword states:

We are convinced that our strategic advantage……is derived foremost from our first-class people – our real battle-winning capability – in whom we are determined to invest: in their accommodation, their skills, and their overall employment offer.”

We are pleased to see people being placed at the very heart of the Government’s strategic approach. For us, the Armed Forces Pension Scheme (AFPS) sits at the very heart of the “employment offer” and is a major contributor to sustaining operational capability and retaining talent. This was acknowledged by the MoD during our engagement with the Haythornthwaite Review into Armed Forces Incentivisation which reported on 19 June; the MoD has set their Haythornthwaite implementation priorities as: greater career flexibility…..enhanced effectiveness of our offer….and digitisation and simplification of our people management system.”

No changes to the AFPS are being considered at this stage – we will of course track this very closely, engage constructively with the MoD and others as appropriate and keep you posted.

Read the MoDs Press Release here – Refreshed Defence Command Paper Sets Out Future for Armed Forces

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Image: Creator: Corporal Adam J Wakefield, RLC | Credit: UK Ministry of Defence 2021 – Copyright: UK MOD © Crown Copyright 2021

19 July 2023

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