Somerset Armed Forces Covenant


What is the Somerset Armed Forces Covenant?


The Somerset Armed Forces Covenant (SAFC) brings together charities, local authorities, other public sector organisations, businesses, communities, individuals and the military in a pledge of support between local residents and the armed forces community in Somerset. The pledge was signed on 20 February 2012 and can be accessed here

The armed forces covenant

  • encourages local communities to support their local armed forces community and vice versa
  • promotes public understanding and awareness of issues that affect the armed forces community
  • recognises and remembers the sacrifices made by the armed forces community
  • encourages activities that help to integrate the armed forces community into local life

The Covenant is a promise from the nation to those who serve. It says we will do all we can to ensure they are treated fairly and not disadvantaged in their day-to-day lives. This includes offering injured servicemen and women and bereaved families extra support where appropriate.

For more information about the national covenant visit  

Somerset has a long history of Armed Forces being based within our county such as RNAS Yeovilton and Norton Manor Camp. Local organisations, including councils, already have good relationships with these bases and the charities that support in-service and ex-service personnel and their families.

The Somerset Armed Forces Covenant seeks to build on these relationships and local support, and provide a more consistent and complete approach. We work with the Armed Forces community on a range of priority areas within Somerset including: building communities; education, skills and employment; housing, benefits, health and welfare.

The Somerset Armed Forces Covenant is co-ordinated by Somerset County Council. More details and all the related documents can be found on their website

Who is part of the Armed Forces community?  

You are part of the armed forces community if you are serving, or have served, in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army or Royal Air Force. The armed forces community also includes families and dependents, reservists, and veterans. A veteran is anyone who has served in the armed forces.

Armed Forces in Somerset - facts and figures

Data on the Armed Forces community (serving and veterans) in Somerset, including a break down by District Council area, is collected and published by Somerset County Council on the Somerset Intelligence website


South Somerset has a significant population of serving personnel, not least due to the presence of RNAS Yeovilton.

According to the last Census (2011) South Somerset had 1745 residents who were employed in the Armed Forces

MOD figures as of April 2016 show that South Somerset has 2,860 MOD personnel; 2,320 who are military and a further 540 civilians.


There are no definitive figures for the number of veterans or their dependents nationally or living in Somerset. However, the Royal British Legion estimates there are 15,395 ex-Service personnel living in Somerset.

Armed Forces Pension & Compensation Recipient figures as of March 2015 indicate that there may be in the region of 3,300 veterans living in the district.

How local people can help

Local people do, and can, help the Armed Services community by:

  • fundraising
  • taking part in military events and celebrations
  • visiting local tourist attractions such as the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton
  • attending homecoming and repatriation ceremonies
  • providing practical support to the Armed Forces community, particularly individuals and their families.