Impact Report 2018
Why We Exist
We exist to help officers find employment and to provide advice and financial support to relieve hardship amongst those who have held a commission in the Armed Forces, their families and dependants.
Despite the sacrifices made for their country, thousands of officers returned home to face unemployment and destitution. Mass demobilisation into a damaged economy had led to widespread hardship. Whilst this had been recognised by the Government with the provision of an early form of unemployment benefit, commissioned officers were excluded.
The founders of the Officers’ Association (OA) were determined that the living and the loved ones left behind after the First World War should not be forgotten. In 1921, the OA assisted 24,221 cases financially; this number dropped to 18,340 the following year, but the Charity came under increasing demand,