Schemes for serving personnel
If you or a partner is serving in the RAF, there are two specific schemes you may want to subscribe to.
RAF Dependants Fund
The RAF Dependants Fund provides a single tax-free payment of up to £20,000 for the immediate need of widows, widowers, dependent children, or other nominated beneficiaries should the subscriber die, on or off duty. This is available for all regular and reserve personnel and is put in place as an opportunity to protect the families of RAF personnel.
Full-time RAF (including Reserve) personnel can sign up at the link below or complete an RAF Form 7230 (available from Unit HR).
Guidance on the scheme can be found in AP7005 Leaflet 208.
Please note that this form cannot be completed by Part Time Volunteer Reserves/Volunteer Ex Regular Reserves. Part Time Volunteer Reserve personnel, or those on attendance based pay, should complete RAF Reserves Form 7230 which is contained within AP3392 Vol 7 Part 2 Chapter 2 Section 5 and forward it to the address contained within that guidance.
Injury and Death in Service
We can support anyone who is faced with a death or a disabling injury while serving in the RAF. It doesn't have to happen while on duty. In addition to providing help via the RAF Dependants Fund, we can offer help with immediate needs, retraining and housing.
If you or a partner has suffered an injury or long-term sickness whilst in service, we may be able to assist with an Immediate Needs Grant to help you with any immediate needs you may have, such as travel costs or retraining.
We can help provide suitable housing for serving RAF personnel who have experienced life-changing injuries and must leave the service early.
If a serving member of the RAF dies or has a severe disability which prevents them from working, we may be able to support their children to go to university or a vocational college. A £3,000 scholarship will be paid every year for up to four years of undergraduate study to cover living costs. It isn't means-tested and students can apply directly.
We understand that during a traumatic time involving a life-changing injury or bereavement, sometimes a break can provide some respite and a change of environment. We can offer welfare breaks at our Seaside Cottages, or through the RAF Disabled Holiday Trust for those with a severe disability. The FAB scheme can also provide breaks for bereaved military families.