Are you in the Armed Forces, or a Veteran or have a relative who is? Do you know about the Defence Privilege Card?

Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak, has asked the Ministry of Defence what they have done to publicise the introduction of the Defence Privilege Card.


After Steve received a few enquiries from constituents asking what the card is, how you get it and who is eligible, it became clear that many members of the armed forces, their families, and veterans may not even be aware of its existence and if they did they were not sure how to get it!


The Defence Privilege Card was launched in October 2012 and is part of the nation’s recognition and appreciation of the Armed Forces Community. It is an important element of developing the Armed Forces Covenant across the UK. The Defence Discount Service gives members of the Armed Forces Community discounts online and on the high street. The Membership Card is a physical card that members of the Armed Forces Community can take into stores, restaurants and venues in order to obtain a discount.


Steve McCabe said:

“I think the idea of a Defence Privilege Card is great, but only if the people entitled to it know it exists! I am in regular contact with the Armed Forces Community in my area, especially Veterans who I hold an event for once a year at a local secondary school. I will do my best to make them aware of the discount card but I think the Government could do more to advertise this scheme.


“I would really like to see local communities and businesses getting behind this card, it is a small way we can thank those that have served our country. If we raise awareness of this card then more people will take advantage of it and more businesses will sign up!”



Who is eligible?

-          Serving Armed Forces

-          Reserve Forces

-          Veterans

-          Service Family Members

-          MOD Civil Servants

-          Cadet Forces (over 16)

-          NATO Personnel serving in the UK


The Defence Privilege Card costs £4.99 for 5 years

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