Armed Forces Week

Monday 21 June - Saturday 26 June

Armed Forces Week

Monday 21 June - Saturday 26 June

This June join SSAFA and the entire Armed Forces community for Armed Forces Week.

The week starts Monday 21 June, runs through Reserves Day on Wednesday 23 June, and finishes with Armed Forces Day on Saturday 26 June.

This is an opportunity for us to show our support for the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, and for the men and women who serve.

Please note: The Covid-19 lockdown has curtailed many of the planned activities for this year's Armed Forces Week.  The national event in Scarborough has been delayed until 2022.  Please check this page for updated information. 

Armed Forces Week Activities

Join in on one of our Armed Forces Week activities and help support SSAFA!


The money you raise is vitally important to SSAFA. The lockdown has exacerbated the issues many in the Armed Forces community face, such as isolation, mental illness, and financial insecurity. Across the country our caseworkers and specialist teams continue to provide critical support, but we cannot keep doing this without your help.

However you can support us and our Armed Forces, whether joining us on the 13 Bridges Challenge, hosting a Big Brew Up or making a donation, every penny matters.  Thank you!

Who are the Armed Forces?

Armed Forces Week is a chance to show your support, and provides a much-valued morale boost to the men and women who make up the Armed Forces Community including:

Serving Personnel - The UK Armed Forces defend the UK and its interests. They are busy working around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers, providing security and fighting terrorism.

Veterans - A veteran is anyone who has served in the HM Armed Forces at any time (including National Servicemen, Regulars and Reserves). Armed Forces Day celebrates their continued role within the military community.

Reservists - Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces, balancing their civilian life with a military career to ensure that should their country require them, they would be ready to serve.

Cadets - The Cadet Forces (Sea Cadets, Army Cadets, Air Cadets and the Combined Cadet Force) currently support over 130,000 young people in more than 3,000 locations across the UK. Cadets learn life and career building skills as well as gaining vocational qualifications.

Families - Our Armed Forces couldn’t do their job without the incredible support of their family and friends.

Useful Resources

You can download a number of useful resources provided by the Ministry of Defence in support of Armed Forces Week.

This is in addition to SSAFA's Big Brew Up resources which can be found here

Virtual Event Toolkit - Information and Ideas PDF

Virtual Background - On the Queen Elizabeth Carrier deck  (plus Reserves Day version)

Virtual Background - Inside a Challenger Tank turret (plus Reserves Day version)

Virtual Background - Inside a Eurofighter Typhoon cockpit  (plus Reserves Day version)

Logo - Armed Forces Day 2021 Logo (plus colouring-in version)

Logo - Armed Forces Day 2021 Logo (Welsh) (plus colouring-in version)

Logo - Reserves Day 2021 Logo (plus colouring-in version)

Logo - Reserves Day 2021 Logo (Welsh) (plus colouring-in version)

Bunting - Armed Forces Day 2021 Bunting (plus colouring-in version)

Bunting - Reserves Day 2021 Bunting (plus colouring-in version)

Educational Resources - A list of websites with histories of the Armed Forces, fun activities and details on how to arrange workshops for children with the Army or Royal Navy.