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Friday, 15 January 2021

DIO Communication Update - SFA Occupants


Annington Homes Ltd External Estate Valuations

The MOD leases the majority of its housing stock from Annington Homes Ltd (AHL). Most years, AHL survey the housing stock for accounting reasons and this year they have appointed CBRE to undertake these surveys on their behalf.

CBRE plans to start its valuations from 18 January 2021 and, as a result, SFA occupants may see surveyors on the estates

This year only external ‘drive-by’ valuations will take place and surveyors will not require access to any property, internally or externally. They may take photographs but have strict protocols in place to ensure no personal information is recorded, including vehicle registration details. All CBRE surveyors will have the necessary forms of identification.

DIO is reassuring occupants that the valuations are solely for accounting purposes and are not related to accommodation charges -which are determined independently by the Armed Forces Pay Review Body - or to SFA being identified for potential hand back to AHL. Heads of Establishment and Chain of Command have been made aware of these surveys.

Oak National Academy - Almost 10,000 Free Lessons & Resources, For Every Teacher & Every Pupil


Oak National Academy was created in April 2020 as a rapid response to the Coronavirus outbreak. More than 40 teachers and colleagues from leading education organisations came together to support schools’ efforts to keep children learning. ​

Visit our online classroom HERE to view all of Oak’s free lessons, searchable by key stage, year or subject.​

Education Overseas For Service Children


The education provision for service children overseas can be categorised as Ministry of Defence (MOD) Schools and Settings or non MOD schools locations.

All children 0 to 18 require educational clearance prior to overseas postings. This includes postings to MOD Schools and Non-MOD School areas. All MOD Primary and Secondary schools are now expected to use the January 2021 Education Overseas Supportability (EOS) Form (PDF, 184KB, 4 pages) and not any other variation. The form can be found HERE

Overseas educational clearances for locations other than those supported by MOD Schools will be managed by CEAS using the January 2021 EOS Form. Parents should contact either the MOD School in the Overseas location or CEAS for further information about the educational clearance process.

Directed Letter - COVID19 testing


Service Personnel and their immediate families may be eligible to reimburse costs associated with COVID19 tests in certain circumstances.

For full details click HERE

Life As An Army Nurse - Virtual Event - Friday 19th February


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To register for this event online, click HERE

Countryside Alliance Advice For Exercising Through Local Rights Of Way

Latest Publications


Big Garden Birdwatch 29th-31st January 2021


What will you see in the Big Garden Birdwatch?

World’s largest garden wildlife survey returns, 29-31 January 2021.

This year’s event takes place on 29th, 30th and 31th January 2021. The public is asked to spend just one hour watching and recording the birds in their garden, balcony or local park, then send their results to the RSPB. Close to half-a-million people join in the Birdwatch every year.

For your FREE Big Garden Birdwatch guide, which includes a bird identification chart, top tips for your birdwatch, RSPB shop voucher, plus advice on how to help you attract wildlife to your garden, text BIRD to 70030 or click HERE to visit the website.

Services Day 2021 Tickets Now Available!


Get ready for fun and give your friends and family a gift they’ll love with discounted tickets for Services Days at Alton Towers Resort and The LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort in 2021!

For booking details on the DDS website, click HERE

If You Are Worried About Working During COVID19


If you’re worried about work because of coronavirus, there are:

*laws your employer should be following to make sure you’re safe
*things to think about if you’re deciding whether to work
*ways you might be able to keep getting paid if you can't work or decide not to 

You have the right to be safe at work whether you work full time or have a zero-hours contract.

To read the full advice from Citizens Advice, click HERE