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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

MOD Service Personnel - Cohabitation Rules For Those in a Long-Term Relationship

The MOD’s policy on cohabitation in Service Family Accommodation (SFA) has changed.

 If you have served for four or more years and can demonstrate that you are in a Long-Term Relationship (LTR), then you will be eligible to apply to cohabit with your partner in surplus SFA, where it’s available

Soldiers eligible to cohabit won’t hold entitlement to SFA and so, if there is no surplus SFA at their place of work (i.e. within 50 miles of their posting location), they won’t be able to access SFA or Substitute SFA (a hiring).
Soldiers with PStatCat2 – primary parental responsibility – can also apply in accordance with this policy.

What is cohabitation?
The MOD defines cohabitation as a soldier living with their partner, who is not their legal spouse or civil partner, in an LTR.

What is classed as a long-term relationship (LTR)?
The MOD has a list of criteria defining an established LTR. You will need to be able to provide enough evidence of your established relationship of 12 months or more. This time frame was set by the Service People Policy Group (SPPG).  

New Initiatives to Support Modern Service Life

A series of new initiatives, aimed at modernising the living and working arrangements for armed forces personnel will be launched today, announced Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson.  
These new measures, including new flexible working arrangements, expanded accommodation options and new co-habitation rules are designed to modernise the Armed Forces and ensure the military remains a competitive employer that meets the changing needs and expectations of service personnel and their families.  
As of today (April 1st) Regular personnel can apply for Flexible Service, allowing them to work part-time for a defined period, and giving them the option to restrict the amount of time they would spend away from their home and their families, such as by limiting their deployability. 

Tuesday, 2 April 2019