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Since 1946, personnel from each of our regular armed forces have been invited by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon to work as Service Stewards at their annual All England Lawn Tennis Championships (AELTC). The stewarding of these Championships normally involves some 300 non-commissioned service personnel.
All service personnel are made aware of this invitation through an annually issued Defence Instruction and Notice. Those who successfully apply to accept the invitation are required to take annual leave to attend the AELTC and are given permission to wear uniform. Service personnel on leave receive their salaries as normal and there are no further costs to the public purse.
Expenses incurred by the service personnel who are stewards at the Championships, are reimbursed to the individuals directly by the AELTC.