Despite a long and successful military tradition, there are now very few Armed Forces personnel stationed in Aberdeenshire. A notable exception being, the Victoria Barracks in Ballater, Royal Deeside. Members of The Royal Guard are stationed there when HM Queen Elizabeth is in residence at Balmoral Castle. There are also members of the community who are serving in the Armed Forces and many on active service. The council recognises the value of the Armed Forces to our businesses and country:
Each year we mark Armed Forces Day with a special event at the council headquarters in Aberdeen. Dignitaries and council officials are joined by representatives from all branches of the Armed Forces to honour service men and women of past, present and future. The council joins communities across Britain in marking Armed Forces Day by raising a commemorative flag in the grounds of Woodhill House.
The Armed Forces Covenant is a commitment to support those who have served, and their families, to make sure they are not disadvantaged. The aim is to increase understanding and awareness amongst the public of the issues affecting the Armed Forces community. Our Chief Executive Jim Savege signed the Armed Forces Covenant on 22nd November 2017 on behalf of the council.
The aim is to broaden signatories to the covenant, to include other service providers and Third Sector organisations. If you would like to learn more about how you can support this covenant, we are happy to share our experiences. You can contact us on Twitter or Facebook.
There are a number of external organisations that provide support for local Armed Forces personnel and veterans: