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Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day takes place on the last Saturday each June, falling this year on 29th June. It is the opportunity for everyone to come together in recognition and support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community. From currently serving personnel to service families, veterans and cadets.

The UK Armed Forces defend the UK and its interests. The Armed Forces consist of the following departments:

  • British Army - the main land warfare force of the UK.

  • Royal Navy - the UK's principal naval force.

  • Royal Marines - highly specialised and adaptable armed force.

  • Royal Air Force - the UK's air-based warfare force, formed towards the end of the First World War.

  • Reservists - those who give up their spare time to a military career.

  • Veterans - anyone who served in the HM Armed Forces at any time.

  • Cadets - including Sea Cadets, Army Cadets and Air Cadets (young people who learn life and career building skills as well as gaining vocational qualifications).


There are many ways for people and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved. Events such as Military parades, fly overs and the presentation of medals to living ex-servicemen and women.


All 9 of our branches are Armed Forces Veteran Friendly Accredited GP Practices. This means that, as part of the health commitments of the Armed Forces Covenant, we have a dedicated clinician at each branch who has a specialist knowledge of military related health conditions and veteran specific health services. If you are ex-forces, please let your GP know to help ensure you are getting the best possible care.

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