The armed forces play an important role in our community. Building upon commitments made by Bedford Borough Council, a Community Covenant was signed on Monday 2 July 2012. Armed Forces Covenant Image The Armed Forces Community Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between the civilian community and its local Armed Forces Community. The aim of the Community Covenant is to encourage the local community to support the Service community in their area and promote understanding and awareness amongst the public of issues affecting the armed forces community. It is intended to be a two-way arrangement, with the armed forces community encouraged to do as much as it can to support the community and promote activity which integrates them into civilian life. The core principles of the Bedford Borough Armed Forces Community Covenant are to: Ensure that members of the armed forces community do not suffer any disadvantages as a result of their service. Recognise and remember the sacrifices made by members of the Bedford Borough Armed Forces community, particularly those who have given the most. This includes in-Service and ex-Service personnel, Reservists, their families and widow(er)s. Applying for employment as an armed forces veteran Bedford Borough Council is proud to be a member of the Armed Forces Covenant. To demonstrate our commitment and support to the armed forces community, we pledge to guarantee an interview to any eligible job applicant who meets the minimum criteria for the role they are applying for. A false declaration to obtain an interview will invalidate any contract of employment. How to obtain an interview When applying for a role with the Council you will need to declare on the ‘Selection Criteria Upload’ section of your application form that you are within 12 weeks of being discharged from the Armed Forces or within 5 years of leaving their employment. By making this declaration you will be invited to attend an interview, subject to you meeting the minimum criteria for the role. Armed forces veterans information This booklet gives information about the services available to members of the Armed Forces community in Bedford Borough: Armed forces veterans information (PDF) Further information Please contact BBAFC@bedford.gov.uk for further information about the Armed Forces Covenant or if you have any questions.