Fife Council has pledged its support for armed forces families across the region.
The authority has entered into an Armed Forces Covenant, which outlines measures to ensure serving personnel and their families are not disadvantaged.
SNP councillor Rod Cavanagh, who is the council’s Armed Forces and Veterans Community Champion, said: “Service life impacts on families in many ways.
“Their postings take them away from their support networks, spouses away from current employment and children are uprooted from schools.
“To say nothing about loneliness and anxiety born out of long periods of separation when personnel are committed to operations.
“The value of our armed forces cannot be understated.”
The Armed Forces Covenant was established nine years ago but since then the Ministry of Defence has encouraged employers and service providers to agree their own arrangements to ensure service families’ needs are met.
As a result, the council has agreed its own Armed Forces Covenant.
The agreement states that service leavers and their families should be given priority at community job clubs, be offered work placements and advised about support organisations.
Meanwhile, housing services should provide an agreed quota of properties per year for service leavers.
Measures to support armed forces children are also included.