Did you serve after 6 April 1975 and leave before you had complete 22 years’ service or Officers after 16 years’ service? If so, you are reminded that you may be entitled to a preserved pension from age 60.
Prior to 6 April 1975 there was no provision for a preservation of pension benefits and service personnel who left the armed forces had to have completed 16 years from age 21 (officers) or 22 years from age 18 (other ranks). Those who left before that date without completing the above criteria, lost all pension entitlement. (This is very unlikely to change despite appeals to the Govt)
The rules changed on 6 April 1975 to provide for pensions to be deferred for payment at age 60 for all those discharged over the age of 26 with a minimum of 5 years’ service. On 31 March 1978 the age criterion was dropped and on 6 April 1988, the qualifying period was reduced from 5 to 2 years. Deferred pensions can be claimed at age 60 or at age 65 if your service began after 5 April 2006 and after that point. However, you can claim your preserved pension sooner if you become permanently incapacitated.
Service pensions are administered by Veterans UK but pension payments are made by Paymaster (1836) Ltd, the paying authority for the Armed Forces Pension Scheme (AFPS).
For help and information on your armed forces pension please ring the Veterans UK on 0800 085 3600 or write to:
Veterans UK Pension Division
Mail Point 480
65 Brown Street
Glasgow, G2 8EX