367. Armed forces pension schemes.

Persons serving in the armed forces are eligible for retirement benefits in respect of their service: which scheme they are eligible for depends on the date on which they joined the forces1. Those who join on or after 1 April 2015 are eligible to join the Armed Forces Pension Scheme 20152, and are eligible for early retirement payments under the Armed Forces Early Departure Payments Scheme Regulations 20143. Those who joined on or after 6 April 2005 but before 1 April 2015 are eligible for membership of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme 20054: members of the 2005 scheme are