204. Relationship between the Crown and members of the armed forces.

The terms of engagement of members of the armed forces do not constitute a contract of service in the strict sense1. All such persons are appointed by the Crown under the royal prerogative, and hold their appointments, whatever their rank, at the Crown's pleasure2. However, most statutory employment protections apply to members of the armed forces, subject to necessary exclusions relating to wages protection, whistleblowers, leave, flexible working, termination of employment (other than unfair dismissal), and redundancy3, and the statutory provisions which render it unlawful, in the field of employment, to discriminate against a person4 also generally apply5 (although