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Key dates for supporting your Armed Forces community

Find out key dates to combine with your Armed Forces community engagement for maximum impact.

5 December 2023

Explore key dates and events through the year to enhance your engagement with the Armed Forces community. These dates provide opportunities for your organisation to publicly demonstrate its commitment to supporting our Armed Forces community.

Armed Forces Week and Reserves Day

Armed Forces Week is a national celebration of the Armed Forces, organised by the Ministry of Defence. This year's campaign will run from Monday 24 June - Sunday 29 June.

Armed Forces week presents an excellent opportunity to make a public demonstration of your support of the Armed Forces community. There may be a mix of face-to-face activities, hosting virtual events and running social media campaigns.

Follow @NHSEArmedForces on X to keep up to date with NHS Employers’ Armed Forces week activities.

Military March

Military March is an annual month-long celebration that honours the collaboration between the Armed Forces and the NHS. The campaign’s primary objective is to showcase the significant contributions made by members of the Armed Forces community to the NHS.

Through this initiative, we gain valuable insights into the experiences of Armed Forces personnel who have recently joined the NHS workforce. Additionally, it raises awareness about the role of Armed Forces reservists and other community members who currently serve within the NHS.

Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday in the United Kingdom is a day when we honour the brave people from Britain and the Commonwealth who served in the World Wars and other conflicts. It falls on the second Sunday in November, close to Armistice Day (11 November), which marks the end of World War I in 1918.

As part of our 2023 remembrances we:

  • shared personal reflections via social media, from Reservists and other members of the Armed Forces community, providing valuable insight into what Remembrance truly meant to them. 
  • published a blog written by a serving Army Reservist who is also working with NHS Employers
  • had the honour of placing a Remembrance wreath at Leeds City Hall, representing NHS Employers.