We are welcoming applications from both male and female veterans who have served in any regiment or corps of the British Army, regardless of rank, and who meet the criteria below:

  • In receipt of their State Pension 
  • Either a former soldier or non- commissioned officer of the British Army. Late entry officers may apply, subject to having served time in the ranks but will revert to their rank as a soldier on admission.
  • Free of any financial obligation to support a spouse or family (we do not accept applications from individuals who are currently married, in a civil partnership or who have children under 18 years old)
  • Able to live independently in our Long Ward accommodation (we don’t accept applications from those requiring residential or nursing care)

As part of our selection process we will take into consideration an individual’s Army service record, attitude towards the role of a Chelsea Pensioner, ability to live in a close-knit community, and the person’s current circumstances. An important consideration we make is how an individual would be able to represent both the Royal Hospital and the wider veteran community. 

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.

How to Apply
Contact the Chelsea Pensioner Admissions Officer on:
Phone: 020 7881 5204
Email: admissions@chelsea-pensioners.org.uk

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