Invalidating pension armed forces

If you are medically discharged from the Services you will be entitled to a Resettlement package, Enhanced Learning Credits, and maybe a pension and/or further compensation.

What you get depends on your length of service, the seriousness of your injury, which pension scheme you are in, whether your injury was attributable to service or not and when your injury occurred. All personnel subject to Medical Discharge (MD), whether you are Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS), or discharged from the Services on medical grounds, can access resettlement entitlements at an earlier stage than other Service leavers.

Qualifying service includes your paid service plus certain other periods, for example service aggregated from the AFPS 1975, service transferred into the AFPS 2005 and service on secondment to NATO/UN. Reckonable service is the service which counts towards the calculation of your pension.

Read the following to see if you qualify and follow the links for the application forms if you do.

adds an amount equal to 1/47th of annual pensionable earnings for that year, to an individual ‘pension pot’.

If there are elements you do not understand, don’t worry, just contact one of the Pensions Assistants whose details are below.

All personnel on this pension scheme who are subject to a medical discharge (irrespective of attributability) will be awarded what is known as a Service Invaliding Pension (SIP) under the Armed Forces Pension Scheme (AFPS) – this is based on your rank and time served and is at a higher level than you would receive if you were not being medically discharged; it is to compensate for the early termination of your Service career and happens irrespective of the cause of the illness/injury.

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