British Armed Forces Federation

Ahoy shipmates!, too Royal!

There has been news coverage lately about an armed forces federation. I personally believe one is long, long overdue - our brave boys and gals are being hard done by and have no recourse to common grievances except resignation (hence recruiting/manning problems); it is now surely essential for the maintainence of good morale and for retention.

It is being discussed on ARRSE, but it does not seem to be being talked about on 'Rum Ration' yet (whoops! I've had to edit this as I found one about BAF - missing an 'F' so it's not my fault, honest!).

Just so you can read the opening post on the ARRSE site, here it is. I'd be interested to know any views out there. Let's talk about this - it's really important....

Oll an gwella (er, that means 'all the best' in 'pointy-head'!)

Cornish Andy

The 10 Point Plan below was originally published here on 23rd January, 2006 as a draft for comment. It was subsequently included in a submission to the House of Commons Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill, and was printed as evidence in the Select Commitee's Special Report of Session 2005-06, published 9 May 2006.

As of 9 May 2006 the 10 Point Plan has now been adopted by this campaign. An Update is being prepared to confirm the Steering Group's position in relation to the Armed Forces Pay Review Body, Administrative Action procedures and Redress of Grievance procedures.

The 10 Point Plan.

1. A professional staff association is to be formed for members of Her Majesty’s Forces under the provisional title of the BRITISH ARMED FORCES FEDERATION (BAFF).

2. Comparable bodies have for years served the armed forces of allied countries such as the United States and Australia, with official cooperation and no negative impact on operational effectiveness or military discipline. The proposed federation is, however, designed to be a specifically British solution for the British armed forces. It will reflect and respect the ethos and robust traditions of the three fighting services. It will meet all requirements of British military and other law, including international conventions adopted by the United Kingdom.

3. The federation’s mission shall be to represent, foster and promote the professional, welfare, and other legitimate interests of all members of the federation in their capacity as serving or retired personnel of the fighting services of the United Kingdom, and in so doing help to maximise operational efficiency and improve the retention of trained personnel.

4. The federation will be a democratic representative institution answerable to its members. Membership of the federation will be open to all personnel irrespective of rank, branch of service or gender. The main membership categories will be Ordinary Membership (Regular), Ordinary Membership (Reserve Forces) and Veteran Membership. In responding to the requirements of its members, the federation will act in the interests of all serving personnel and veterans but will not countenance any pressure on individuals to join.

5. Within resources, the activities of the federation may include:

(a) professional and career development by the provision of education and information;

(b) liaison, monitoring and response to proposals or developments within the Services, in Parliament, in the provision of public services or in the commercial sector which have a specific impact on forces personnel;

(c) appropriate advocacy and consultation to protect and improve the conditions of service life including pay, accommodation, medical and welfare services, resettlement and all other areas of personnel support;

(d) appropriate support to personnel facing court martial or other legal proceedings in connection with their service (the federation will not normally comment on any specific case within the systems of military justice and administrative discipline); and

(e) the negotiation for members of a range of insurance, financial and other benefits, discounts or affinity deals.

6. The federation will not be beholden to any political party, pressure group, or defence industry interest. While supporting the cross-party consensus on the need for robust, adequately-funded but cost-effective forces serving the Nation as determined by the Government of the day, the federation will not be a defence pressure group. The federation will not take a view on matters of defence strategy or operational decisions, although it may raise legitimate subsidiary matters affecting personnel. Parliamentary liaison will be strictly on a cross-party basis.

7. The federation will not be a trade union and, above all, it will not conduct or condone any form of industrial action or insubordination within the armed forces. The federation affirms the vital role of the Armed Forces chain of command in representing the interests of its personnel. The federation will seek to agree with the Ministry of Defence appropriate mechanisms for the exchange of information with the chain of command as well as centrally. A code of conduct will be adopted, and potential disagreements will normally be raised centrally to avoid placing serving personnel in difficulty with their chain of command, or vice versa. The federation will act to protect serving members in their federation-related activities within the agreed code of conduct.

8. The federation will not seek to supplant the role of any existing charity or other agency involved in service welfare. Where appropriate the federation may help to direct members to appropriate sources of advice or assistance.

9. Work is already under way on matters such as the structure and legal format of the federation, and staffing. A business plan is being prepared.

10. This draft statement of intent outlines the basic principles established so far. Work continues on detailed aspects of the proposals with a view to wider consultation throughout the armed forces community, and with the Ministry of Defence.

Last edited by hackle on Fri May 12, 2006 5:47 am; edited 6 times in total
come_the_day said:
You're a real Jagger, you! What do you think the Sticky "Do we need a BAFF" is all about then?
Or the other thread about exactly the same thing on this board called "BAFF - Thoughts".

Come on MODs, enforce that iron discipline, or we'll have as many different BAFF threads as there are ones on SR mess kit!
Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
MoD_RSS Press release: UK aid to protect 7,000 Commonwealth veterans of the British Armed Forces from extreme poverty MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Speech: British Medical Association Armed Forces Conference MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Press release: British athletic games launched for wounded Armed Forces MoD News 0
soleil BBC Radio 4: "The Briefing Room - Why Are The British Armed Forces Short Of Personnel?" Current Affairs 0
soleil Forces Network: "British Armed Forces "Significantly Understaffed", Report Reveals" Current Affairs 7
MoD_RSS News story: British Armed Forces honoured at The Sun Military Awards MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Press release: Armed Forces Minister visits British Forces Cyprus MoD News 0
soleil Telegraph: "British Armed Forces Complete Handover Of Helmand Province After 8 Years" Bases / Shore Est 12
soleil Sky: "British Armed Forces 'Could Be Run By A Woman'" Current Affairs 54
soleil Express: "Marching On Their Stomachs: The British Armed Forces And Their Grub" Bases / Shore Est 1
soleil Guardian: "Bohemian Rhapsody Still Top Of The Charts With The British Armed Forces" Films, Music, TV & All Things Artsy 2
MoD_RSS Updated: British Armed Forces launch strike against Libyan air defence systems Current Affairs 0
soleil T'graph: "British Armed Forces: Army, Navy And RAF In Stats" Current Affairs 31
soleil BBC: "British Armed Forces Tests 'Blast Pants' For Troops" The Corps 8
the_crab oldest ever surviving member of any British Armed Forces History 14
J Auction site for the British Armed forces - ForcesBid Current Affairs 4
A Legality of South Africans joining the British Armed Forces The Quarterdeck 2
Seadog Letter from British Armed Forces Federation in The Times. Current Affairs 8
hammockhead British Armed Forces Federation launched Current Affairs 23
LancashireHussar British Olympic hopes are shot down by armed forces Current Affairs 2
MoD_RSS News story: British-armed F-35B Lightning jet takes to the skies MoD News 0
soleil Guardian: "A Minority Report From The British Armed Services" Bases / Shore Est 0
MoD_RSS Consultation launched on post-EU reforms for British courts MoD News 0
MoD_RSS The Secretary of State has approved the appointment of Venki Ramakrishnan as a Board Member of the British Library. MoD News 0
MoD_RSS UK to extend residence rights for British Nationals (Overseas) citizens in Hong Kong MoD News 0
MoD_RSS British Embassy holds virtual healthcare webinar on COVID-19 MoD News 0
MoD_RSS British nationals stranded in Chile returned to the UK MoD News 0
MoD_RSS British Ambassador welcomes donation to fight covid 19 in Guatemala MoD News 0
MoD_RSS RWM partners with the British Geological Survey MoD News 0
MoD_RSS New tech to tackle leaves on the line and de-ice platforms set to revolutionise British rail travel MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Alan Gemmell OBE appointed British Deputy High Commissioner for Western India MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Change of British High Commissioner to Brunei: August 2020 MoD News 0
MoD_RSS British High Commission Launches Covid-19 Fund MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Change of British High Commissioner to The Gambia: July 2020 MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Good karma: British travellers rescued by Deputy High Commissioner via mountain roads, ‘elephant corridor’ and a breakdown in a tiger reserve. MoD News 0
MoD_RSS British High Commissioner meets SAPM health ahead of the Global Vaccines Summit in the UK MoD News 0
I Changes to the British Nationality Act 1981 refernce Republic of Ireland Joining the Royal Navy 14
MoD_RSS The British Embassy Ashgabat opens its call for project proposals MoD News 0
MoD_RSS UK Government to bring home more British travellers from Central and South America MoD News 0
MoD_RSS New flight from Jamaica to bring home British travellers MoD News 0
MoD_RSS The British Embassy Kyiv: call for project proposals MoD News 0
MoD_RSS The Secretary of State has appointed Rt Hon Sir Patrick McLoughlin CH as Chair of the British Tourist Authority. MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Bus, plane… and horseback: How the Foreign Office helped a British traveller return home MoD News 0
MoD_RSS UK Government announces three more charter flights for British travellers MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Charter flights from Caribbean Islands for British travellers to return to the UK MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Call for concept notes for the British Embassy Tel Aviv “COVID-19 Enabling Fund” MoD News 0
MoD_RSS British Embassy Asunción: call for bids 2020/2021 – COVID-19 MoD News 0
D Buy British regardless Diamond Lil's 37
MoD_RSS British Embassy Warsaw staff wear pride-themed masks to mark IDAHOBIT MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Three further flights to bring hundreds of British travellers home from Bangladesh MoD News 0
Similar threads

Latest Threads