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Co-Hab 4 year rule removed

From 1 February 2020, there will be a change to the policy on eligibility to cohabit in surplus Service Family Accommodation in the UK as there will no longer be a requirement to have 4 Years’ Length of Service in the Armed Forces in order to apply

Following a review of this policy, it has been agreed that the 4 years’ Length of Service (LoS) criterion should be removed, to widen eligibility to cohabit in surplus SFA to an increased number of SP. This change takes effect from 1 February 2020. 

Although from 1 February 2020 there will no longer be a requirement to have completed 4 years’ service, SP wishing to cohabit in surplus SFA in the UK will still be required to:

  • be aged 18 or over;
  • have completed Phase 1 training;
  • be serving on a regular engagement in the UK Armed Forces or be a Full Commitment Reservist as defined in single-Service regulations.

Application process and requirement to provide acceptable evidence proving a Long-Term Relationship (LTR)

Future Accommodation Model (FAM) pilot sites

The requirement for 4 years’ LoS for SP to be entitled to FAM policy at pilot sites remains unchanged. To be entitled to the full FAM accommodation options there will still be a requirement to have 4 years’ LoS.

Further Advice

For further advice on this subject, SP should contact their Unit HR in the first instance.

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