Officers’ Association, The

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Registered Charity No: 201321 (England & Wales).
Established: 1920.
Patron: Her Majesty The Queen.

The Officers’ Association (OA) was established in 1920 in recognition of the distress and despair many ex-officers found themselves facing in the aftermath of the First World War. Many did not have private incomes or hail from privileged backgrounds - a misconception that is still prevalent today.

The OA is as relevant now in helping officers and their families as it was when it was formed nearly a hundred years ago. Last year the OA helped over 2700 serving and former officers from across the Armed Forces and offered advice to around four times that number.

OA assistance is given through employment advice to officers either leaving the Forces or those who left some time ago as well as benevolence advice and, if eligible, financial support to former officers and their spouses, partners and dependants.

We deliver a prompt, bespoke, face-to-face service based on a thorough understanding of the needs of commissioned officers and their families whilst being sensitive to the particular needs of those wounded, injured and sick during their service.

The OA is an active member of the Confederation of British Service and ex-Service Organisations (COBSEO). The charity co-operates closely on benevolence cases with a wide range of agencies and selected civilian charities; it also looks after former British officers resident in 30 countries overseas.

Please consider the Officers' Association and its assistance to those who have served this country well in difficult conditions when you advise your clients about donations and legacies.

Please contact Simon Allen or Andrea Oliver for more information (see Contact Us tab).