Local Overseas Allowance to be Overhauled

From July 2021, local overseas allowance (LOA) payments will no longer be based on rank and will instead be tailored more to soldiers’ individual living circumstances. For example, the part of the old LOA package that supported all personnel in running a private vehicle abroad has been removed and will instead be claimed only by… Read More

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Payment for Indirectly Supervised Physical Training Sessions

Question Will Reservists continue to be paid for indirectly supervised physical training sessions they conduct in their own time after the Covid-19 crisis is over? This proposal was discussed and shot down before the pandemic but has become a reality in the current climate. I’m also interested in whether or not the MoD would pay… Read More

What is Operational Allowance?

Introduction The aim of operational allowance (OA) is to recognise the significantly increased and enduring nature of the danger in Specified Operational Locations (SOL), over and above that compensated for within the X Factor. Outline Between 2016 and 2020, OA was payable to eligible Service personnel assigned to SOL’s, the geographical boundary of which may… Read More

Sailors & Royal Marines can now Submit their Expense Claims via Mobile Devices

Sailors and Royal Marines can now submit their expense claims on their smart phones, tablets and home PCs thanks to the latest update to the My Navy app. The upgrade – which also includes an improved alerts section and access to support and well-being – means personnel will not necessarily have to log into JPA… Read More

Scottish Income Tax Compensation Payments For Personnel to Become Permanent

Personnel paying higher rates of income tax set by the Scottish government will continue to receive cash from Westminster to ensure they are not disadvantaged. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed that financial compensation payments introduced two years ago and reviewed annually will now be permanent for eligible troops. Payments of between £12 and £2,200… Read More

British Army Pay Rise Finally Arrives

Hard working soldiers will soon have extra cash in their wallets after the government announced an inflation-busting salary boost for all troops up to the rank of brigadier. The Minsitry of Defence (MOD) confirmed that personnel would receive a 2% pay increase – which will be backdated to 01 April and in wage packets at… Read More

Covid-19 & Accommodation Charges

Why have Service personnel continued to pay accommodation fees throughout the Covid-19 pandemic? The government’s direction was clear from the start – stay at home. Almost immediately the chain of command took the sensible approach to protect the force and directed the majority of us to work from home where it was possible and practical.… Read More