Eligibility

To be eligible for admission as a Chelsea Pensioner, a candidate must be a former non-commissioned officer or soldier of the British Army who is:

  • Of State Pension age
  • Either in receipt of an Army Service Pension or War Disability Pension which you would be required to surrender upon entry to the Royal Hospital or, if you do not receive an Army Pension you would be required to pay a £175 per week contribution towards your living costs. Please note, if your Army Service Pension and/or War Disability Pension is less than the £175 per week minimum you would be required to top-up to that amount, provided it does not place you in financial difficulty.
  • Free of any financial obligation to support a spouse or family
  • Self-caring and able to live independently on the Long Wards – the Royal Hospital Chelsea is unable to accept direct entries to the Infirmary

Also eligible for admission are any former officers of the British Army who meet the criteria, provided they served for at least 12 years in the ranks before obtaining a commission or if they were awarded a disablement pension while serving in the ranks.

We will accept applications from any individual who meets the above criteria.

We generally receive many more applications than we have available berths and we want to ensure that we select the most suitable candidates for the opportunity to live at the Royal Hospital and fulfil the role of a Chelsea Pensioner. Therefore there will be occasions when applications are not successful.

As part of our selection process we will take into consideration an individual’s Army service record, together with an assessment as to how an individual will benefit from a place at the Royal Hospital and how an individual would be able to represent both the Royal Hospital and the wider veteran community. 

 

 

 

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