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Friday 28th October 2022

The MOD has worked with BFBS to create its ‘Flexible Working in the Armed Forces’ podcast series that explores the experiences of Service personnel; along with the opportunities, impacts and culture that surround it. You can access them now online.

The world and workplace are changing quickly

To stay competitive, the offer to Service personnel must resonate with a diverse workforce across a broad range of skills for long enough to secure the experience needed to protect, deter and fight. The modern flexible working opportunities in the Armed Forces help meet the needs of current and future Service personnel through improving work/life balance and encouraging continued service through changing circumstances.

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What do the podcasts cover?

  • Episode 1: Major Amanda Willcox-Jones shares her experience of Part-Time Working in the Army and subject matter expert, William Lyn, takes us through all the Flexible Working opportunities for SP.
  • Episode 2: Squadron Leader Davina Fisher shares how she’s used an alternative pattern and Reserve Service to balance her RAF career with her home life. David Blackall, Chief Operating Officer, explains why Flexible Working is so important for Defence.
  • In the final episode, WO2 James (Dutchy) Van-Der-Linden shares his experience of working flexibly in the Royal Navy since the start of covid and we hear from Lieutenant General James Swift, Chief of Defence People who discusses Flexible Working’s fit in the Armed Forces.

Access the Podcast series

The series is hosted on the BFBS website.

Why it’s important

Thousands of Service personnel record an Alternative Working Arrangement each year and Defence’s Remote Working policy supported tens of thousands of Service personnel during the COVID-19 Pandemic. A further 500 or so Service personnel and their families have benefitted from working Part Time or Restricting their Separation from their Home Base to no more than 35 days a year. The more people who hear about these policies and understand them, the more uptake we will have and the more normal it will become, to help ensure Defence has the people it needs now and in the future.

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