The more things change the more they stay the same. Thirty years ago AFF was founded against a background of an unpopular government, over-looking the needs of its military as it struggled to impose economic reform. It is acknowledged that when that same military delivered victory in the Falklands war, it created the breathing space for the Thatcherite revolution to gather irreversible momentum. As this government continues to focus on our economic troubles, a consequence of which is, again, strategic change across defence, AFF remains determined to highlight the unseemliness of overlooking appropriate pay, pensions and job security for Service Personnel. As the Falkland War showed, our Armed Forces are the nation’s insurance policy and you under-invest at your peril.
AFF have contributed to substantial change but even though there have been wins we continue to spar with the treasury for sufficient funding to support Army families and we still maintain that the nation’s duty to its Military personnel is recognised by them as the money in their pocket and the quality of their housing. AFF have been with you for the Falklands, Northern Ireland, Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Iraq and we’ll still be with you wherever the Army go next. We’ll continue to be your advocate but this year, our thirtieth year, come along to your Families Conference at the Institute of Education where you’ll have your chance to speak to politicians and senior command. AFF need you to speak out and tell it how it really is - only then can we continue to make a difference.
Keep Calm, Don’t Panic and register for Conference whilst we still have tickets.