Employer Recognition Scheme



In 2014 the Prime Minister launched the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, to recognise and reward UK employers for their support and commitment towards the Defence community.

There are three tiers of award – Bronze, Silver and Gold – for employers who pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to the Armed Forces Community in alignment with the Armed Forces Covenant.

Bronze Award

AFC RECOG BRONZE POS RGB-EmSmallBronze Award holders are self nominated by employers who pledge their intention to support Defence, and take a positive stance towards Reservists who are either existing or prospective employees.

Bronze Award holders seek to promote an Armed Forces friendly position, and are open to employing Reservists and supporting their training and mobilisation commitments.


Silver Award


Silver Awards holders demonstrate support for Defence, employing at least one Reservist, actively communicating and upholding a positive stance to their employees via established HR policies and procedures.

Silver Award holders support Reservists by showing flexibility to plan for and allow them to fulfil their annual training and mobilisation commitments.


Gold Award


Gold Award holders proactively advocate and support Defence, communicating their commitment both internally to employees and externally to the wider community, through established policies and examples of support.

Gold Award holders demonstrate significant support for Reservists, enabling them to fulfil their annual training and mobilisation commitments.


To register for a Bronze award, renew your existing pledge, or nominate an employer for Silver or Gold please visit the Employer Recognition Scheme website.

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