The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has chosen HM Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde in Scotland for the first future accommodation model pilot project to accommodate service personnel.
HMNB Clyde will serve as the first UK test site for a three-year study to provide improved housing for soldiers, sailors and aircrew.
The MoD has selected 3,400 personnel based at the naval base for the Future Accommodation Model (FAM) pilot study.
Under the pilot project, service personnel at HMNB Clyde will receive financial support to rent or buy a home near the base.
Personnel will also have the option to choose to live in the onsite single living or family accommodation.
UK Defence People and Veterans Minister Johnny Mercer said: “Today’s launch is the latest step in providing greater choice and more flexibility to our armed forces in how they live and work.
“Expanding accommodation options underlines our commitment to continuing to be an employer that meets the changing needs and expectations of service personnel and their families.”
By next year, the MoD will expand the pilot study to a total of three sites across the UK.
The study will be launched at Aldershot Garrison from January next year, while the third one will be conducted at RAF Wittering base from May next year.
Naval Secretary Assistant Chief of Naval Staff rear admiral Mike Bath said: “As part of the wider armed forces’ programme to modernise for the 21st Century, HM Naval Base Clyde was chosen for this first pilot study due to its strategic importance for Royal Navy operations.
“This includes the relocation of 1,700 submariners from Devonport to the Clyde, as the Scottish site becomes the Royal Navy’s single integrated submarine operating base from 2020.
“We anticipate that more submariners and their families will choose to move permanently to the West of Scotland, to live, work and put down roots, safe in the knowledge that their careers will be focussed on a single site in Scotland, which provides for all of their training, operational and support needs.”
The three pilot studies will form the base for testing the MoD’s military accommodation policy.
The studies will also test how the FAM will deliver housing benefits to service personnel.