213. Army legislation; the regular forces.

Since 1688, the authority for the existence of the regular forces1 has derived from the consent of Parliament, declared by statute and annually renewed2. The statute by which that consent is given is the Armed Forces Act 2006, 3which provides for the discipline of the regular forces, and for conditions of enlistment, service and discharge and other matters relating to the maintenance and administration of those forces, and regulates generally, so far as is laid down by statute, the relationship between civilians and members of the regular forces