UK Military Appraisal Reports: Developing vs Insufficient Knowledge

The appraisal report provides an assessment of performance which is a combination of grading against a range of attributes and a narrative that can add weight and evidence to the graded assessments. The assessment of performance provides awareness of an individual’s achievements and competence in relation to their responsibilities and objectives, as well as an… Read More

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Allowances, Expenses, & Deductions for UK Armed Forces Personnel

1.0 Introduction This article provides an overview of allowances and expenses paid to United Kingdom (UK) armed forces personnel and deductions from their income. 2.0 Cash and Non-Cash Benefits Examples of the cash and non-cash benefits available to individuals. 2.1 Cash Benefits In addition to the regular pay that personnel receive from their employer, the… Read More

Military ‘Tech Pay’: RRP vs EPRA

In 2018, the Royal Navy introduced a recruitment and retention payment (RRP) for naval service engineers, which is paid as a daily rate to those who are OR-4 and above in lieu of the engineering professional recognition award (EPRA) which is paid to Army personnel. Army personnel do not qualify for the naval payment, but… Read More

Can Off-Duty Reservists Use Regular Army Base Facilities?

Scenario An Army Reservist works across the road from a very large Regular Army base, which has a NAAFI and dining facility. Can the Reservist enter the base using their MOD 90 (identification card) and eat there while not on duty? MOD 90 An MOD 90 is issued to the individual as a member of… Read More

Service Parents: Remember your Free Childcare!

Parents are missing out on 30 hours of free childcare a week because they are not applying for it in time when moving back to England. That is the warning from the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD’s) Directorate of Children and Young People. Working parents with youngsters aged three to four are eligible and the MOD… Read More

MOD States Impact of Pension Ruling Personnel Unclear

Soldiers face a wait to find out how they will be affected by a recent ruling on firefighter pensions. An earlier court decision found that changes made to the emergency service workers’ arrangements in 2015 discriminated against younger staff who were forced to move to less beneficial schemes. The government tried to appeal against the… Read More

Foreign Language Skill Maintenance Courses for Military Personnel

The British Army is offering foreign language skill maintenance courses for personnel. Courses are available to those with foreign language GCSE A-C/SLP 2222 or equivalent experience, who wish to advance their skill. Courses are delivered at Army Education Centres (AEC’s). Courses are available for the following languages: Arabic; Farsi; French; German; Hindi; Italian; Russian; and… Read More