Rebasing Programmes on BFBS TV
The Army Movement Guide is soon to be shown on BFBS TV. Also, the short features on Rebasing to the locations Albemarle, York, Catterick, Stafford and Leuchars will be televised, rotated and repeated.
The first run on BFBS extra is from 7th to 16th July at 1500 Central European Time (CET) (and repeated the following morning at 1005 CET ahead of the next new one at 1500 CET) and will pair with the location guides.
The second run will play on BFBS sport from 17th to 24th July inclusive and will follow live coverage of the Tour de France at around 1730 CET. On all theses dates, the Army Movement Guide will be followed by the Location Guides.
BFG Mail Delays
BFPO customers should be aware that due to the ongoing Calais strike action restricting movement of the Daily BFG mail schedule that mail to and from UK is currently experiencing erratic delays. Should the strike become protracted then BFPO will endeavour to move the mail through alternate means.
To further complicate matters, Deutsche Post / DHL are currently struggling to maintain their normal schedules due to a series of local strikes.
BFPO and 69 PC & MC Sqn continue to do everything in their power to maintain the BFG postal service and have assured HQ BFG that Germany X-Post will continue as normal.
Travel to the UK via Channel Ports
UK military and civilian personnel heading for England via Calais this summer are being advised not to stop their vehicle within 80km of a Channel port to avoid migrant stowaways.
There is a real possibility BFG members will be approached at all Channel ports and offered cash to smuggle people into the UK, according to a security advice notice issued by the European Joint Support Unit in Belgium.
All You Need To Know About Kindergeld
"Kindergeld" (children money) is the German equivalent of UK Child Benefit and is paid each month to any eligible husband or wife of a member of BFG. It ‘tops up’ the amount of UK Child Benefit you receive to match the amount that you would get if you were a German citizen receiving the full amount of Kindergeld. Broadly speaking, to be eligible for Kindergeld as a BFG-entitled person, you must be an EU citizen, resident in BFG with dependent status of a serving soldier or UKBC, and not be a serving soldier or UKBC yourself. You must also already be eligible to receive UK Child Benefit, even if you do not claim it. To check your eligibility, please contact your Unit Welfare Office for assistance. Kindergeld will only be granted for children that are resident in Germany, which excludes children that are primarily resident in the UK, e.g. children that attend boarding school.
Strike Action at French Ports
Important information for those travelling to the UK via Channel Ports
You will be aware from News reports that cross channel ferry crossings have been disrupted by strke action by French ferry operator MyFerryLink. This strike action has intermittently stopped all ferries from making the channel crossing.
The strike action has closed the port of Calais and while this current strike is expected to cease on Thursday 2 July, the possibility of further strike action and impact on travel cannot be ruled out. The Channel tunnel remains in operation as normal although services are heavily booked.