Forces Pension Society

Fighting for the forces and their families

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Helping individual Members

We provide a valuable advisory service to our members on their individual Service pension problems. These vary widely and have included issues such as potential dependants’ pension entitlement, pension-sharing orders on divorce and other complex subjects where the knowledge of our experts has proved invaluable.

We routinely come across cases where they have not been and have been able to get errors rectified. We have on many occasions picked up mistakes which would otherwise have cost members hundreds or even thousands of pounds and which may not have been identified.

We would like to believe that most people entitled to an Armed Forces pension are broadly content with their pension arrangements. Unfortunately the Society’s average monthly caseload tends to suggest that many are not.

Over the years, many thousands of your colleagues and their widows have been greatly relieved to know of our existence and unique ability to help at a time when all other doors appeared firmly closed.

The Society prides itself on its ability to answer pensions questions from members but there are things that members can do, before they come to us with certain types of enquiry, which will help make the process more efficient.

GUIDANCE FOR MEMBERS WHO ARE CONSIDERING COMING TO US WITH PENSIONS ENQUIRIES

The Society prides itself on its ability to answer pensions questions from members but there are things that members can do, before they come to us with certain types of enquiry, which will help make the process more efficient.

PENSION FORECASTS

Step 1 – Calculator

If you are serving, please use the MOD’s on-line pension calculator here.  This can be used by the majority of service personnel to model benefits against future or potential ranks and exit dates. There is a MOD guide on how to use the calculator here

Step 2 – Veterans UK

All serving members of AFPS are entitled to apply to Veterans UK in Glasgow, for a formal forecast free-of-charge, once a year. This is done by submitting AFPS Form 12 here. This form must be submitted in hard-copy by post – Veterans UK will not accept e-mail submissions. Additional forecasts can be requested within a 12-month period but they attract an administrative charge.

For individuals who are no longer in service and who wish to understand their entitlement to a preserved pension, please submit AFPS Form 14 here.

Step 3 – Forces Pension Society

Once you have received your forecast from Glasgow, we can audit the figures for you and explain their meaning. Please scan Glasgow’s response and e-mail it to us at pensionenquiries@forpen.co.uk.  As we don’t have access to your service details, you will need to provide in the e-mail:

  • Confirmation of your last day in service
  • Dates of any breaks in service
  • Dates of any previous service
  • If you have a Pension Sharing Order in place following a divorce – if so, please provide a copy of your Discharge of Liabilities letter.

In addition, you will need to provide details of your salary since April 2015.  To do this:

  • Log into JPA and select JPA Self-Service – Employee, Armed Forces.
  • Select My Information views.
  • Select salary tab, and take a screen shot of the salary since April 2015 to date.

Please note that without the above information, we are unable to audit your pension forecast

GUIDANCE ON COMPLETING PEN FORM 1  CLICK HERE