Married Quarters

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  1. Now first I'm not sure if this is the correct section so I apologize if it isn’t.

    Me and the missus have decided too tie the knot however we wont be doing it till late next year to give us time to organise it all etc, however I have heard that we could still be eligible for married quarters I was wondering if anyone knew how true this was?

    Any help greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Erm, off the top of my head....


    Service Family Accommodation [SFA]
    (which used to be called Married Quarters).

    In short, if you are married you are entitled to SFA, the size of which is dictated by the size of your family.

    The service will provide and charge rent for accommodation for you, but not your partner unless you have a family.

    If you're single with no dependent children, serving in a base area, you will live in either on the barracks in service Accommodation or live out in private rented or privately bought accommodation & need read no further, other than perhaps read the last section if you intend buying privately.

    SFA- ENTITLED SERVICE PERSONNEL

    Entitlement criteria. To be entitled to Service Family Accommodation (SFA) Service personnel must be:

    a. Aged 18 or over, have completed their initial training and be serving on a
    regular engagement with the UK Armed Forces, or be a Full Commitment (FC) Reservist as defined in single Service instructions. For those personnel under 18 years of age the parent unit must accept responsibility for their behaviour until the 18th birthday.

    b. In Personal status category (PStatCat) 1, 1C, 1S or 2 as defined below:

    c. Have at least 6 months to serve at the station where they qualify for SFA.

    PERSONAL STATUS CATEGORY DEFINITIONS

    1. The definitions of Personal Status Category (PStat Cat) into which personnel are placed for the purpose of determining entitlements to benefits are described below.

    2. All personnel are to be placed into one of the following PStat Cats:

    a. PStat Cat 1. Those in PStat Cat 1 will meet one of the following qualifying
    criteria:

    (1) A married member of the Armed Forces, who lives with their spouse,
    or who would do so but for the exigencies of the Armed Forces.

    (2) A member of the Armed Forces, who is registered in a civil
    partnership in accordance with the Civil Partnership Act 2004, or is in a civil
    partnership under an overseas scheme recognised under that Act, and who
    lives with their registered civil partner, or who would do so but for the
    exigencies of the Armed Forces.

    b. PStat Cat 2. Those in PStat Cat 2 will meet one of the following qualifying
    criteria
    :
    (1) A member of the Armed Forces who has parental responsibility
    within the terms of the Children Act 1989 for a child(ren) and who satisfies all
    of the following conditions:

    (a) Can properly be regarded as the centre and prime mover in the
    life of the child(ren).

    (b) Provides a home where they normally live with the child(ren)
    except where unable to do so for reasons attributable to their service
    in the Armed Forces.

    (c) Provides, where the child(ren) is unable to care for itself, a child
    carer who can look after the child(ren) during their absences
    attributable to their service in the Armed Forces. The child carer must
    not be the other natural parent of the child(ren). The other natural
    parent should normally only have staying access to the child(ren) for
    an aggregate of 56 days in any 12 month period. Staying access
    greater than this may render the Service person ineligible for PStat
    Cat2 (these restrictions on access do not apply while on recognised
    Unaccompanied Duty).

    (d) Accepts financial responsibility for the child(ren).

    c. PStat Cat 3. A member of the Armed Forces who is not in PStat Cat 1 or 2 and
    who provides financial support for their spouse or former spouse, civil partner or
    former civil partner, or child(ren) by voluntary agreement. In this case, voluntary
    agreement means financial support provided other than pursuant to an order made
    by a court, a Child Support Agency Maintenance Assessment, or the MOD under
    the relevant Service Act.

    d. PStat Cat 4. A member of the Armed Forces who is not in PStat Cat 1 or 2 and
    who provides financial support for their spouse or former spouse, civil partner or
    former civil partner or child(ren) under an order made by a court, a Child Support
    Agency Maintenance Assessment, or the MOD under the relevant Service act.

    e. PStat Cat 5. All other members of the Armed Forces.



    Assisted House Purchase Scheme

    The scheme is called the (download) Long Service Advance of Pay .

    It’s rather complex, but in bite-sized chunks:

    1. First time buyers primarily. (Reduced amounts for former house buyers)
    2. Re-paid during your last 10-12 years service. (If you leave, you have to pay back full amount.)
    3. £8500 Maximum loan – you do not see the money- it’s paid direct to the conveyencing solicitor.
    4. Must be a UK property
    5. You must have completed training
    6. You/your dependent family must live in the property.

    Best of luck :wink:
     
  3. OK about to get married to a lady from Malaya, so **** everyone else, anyone else got married overseas!
     
  4. Now that's advance planning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     

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