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Soldiers’ pay

Asked if the Government was happy that soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan were getting below the national wage, the PMOS replied that what the figures that had been produced did not take into account was that throughout their career, our soldiers received an additional 13% allowance on top of their basic pay. That was available to them throughout their career. The PMOS said that if people looked at surveys that were done in 2002 and 2005 that were international comparisons, compared to other Commonwealth and NATO countries, we came out at around the top of that table. Equally, the Prime Minister asked several weeks ago that the whole package of support for our armed forces when they were abroad be looked at. The product of the review’s findings should become available shortly.

Put that the reasons for that review was because there were concerns about soldiers’ pay, the PMOS replied that the Prime Minister had asked for the issue to be looked at in the round, and that was happening.

Asked to explain the 13% allowance, the PMOS said that it was an additional allowance equivalent to 13% of soldiers’ pay, and it was paid automatically to members of the armed forces throughout their career as part of their monthly cheque. The PMOS said that people should speak to the MOD for more details.

Asked why the allowance was separate to their normal pay, the PMOS said again that people should speak to the MOD, as he was not an expert on the basics of pay.

Asked if the review would look at the income tax that soldiers paid, the PMOS replied that it would look at all aspects of the package of support for our armed forces. The PMOS said that he was not going to pre-empt what it said.

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  1. Soldiers pay is always subject to criticism but in view of the commendable job that they do risking their lives in combat, and the fact that they do not generally speaking pose any threat to the general public at large, like this intelligence officer Rodney Nixon of 14 intelligence company for instance and his little band of men, why dont soldiers pay be raised to be more than the pay of soldier spies so then these assholes have an incentive to conduct themselves in more appropriate fashion. Or at least these soldier spies wont believe that they are supported in their disgraceful conduct by their army superior’s.

    Comment by Citizen Smith — 8 Nov 2006 on 11:31 am | Link
  2. If the Army raise soldiers pay across the board but not in the case of officers of 14 intelligence then that might be cause for those officers to be concerned, however doing so would not nessersarliy change their conduct. The real way to deal with those such officers who harass and murder innocent civilians for no good reason is to establish why they are not concentrating their efforts on enemy militry targets, and if it transpires that they are acting in the manner that they are because they are frightned and not able to deal with real threats, execute them in cold blood by a firing squad. No reasnoble person is impressed by trained officials who pretend to be effective in their jobs, but even when they have so much support, and they resort to telling lies, filling false reports and in generel acting like a coward not fit for his enviroment, death by firing sqaud is appropriate.

    Comment by Citizen Smith — 8 Nov 2006 on 11:53 am | Link

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