Legal background

The legislation relating to the existing system for the redress of service complaints is set out in a combination of primary and subordinate legislation. The current provisions are:

  • sections 334 to 339 and 366 of the Armed Forces Act 2006, which include changes made by the Armed Forces Act 2011

  • the Armed Forces (Redress of Individual Grievances) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/3353)

  • the Armed Forces (Service Complaints Commissioner) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/3352)

  • the Armed Forces Redress of Individual Grievances (Procedures and Time Limits) Regulations 2007. These can be found on the MOD's website at annex D of Joint Service Publication 831 "Redress of Individual Grievances: Service Complaints Issue 2.2" via the following link:

The Armed Forces Act 2006 will continue to be the main Act dealing with complaints within the armed forces, and this Bill inserts new provisions into the 2006 Act.