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

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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

Commitment Bonuses vs Financial Retention Incentives

Commitment bonuses are being phased out (a result of the Strategic Defence and Security Review in 2015, when the Armed Forces were around full strength), ceasing by the end of March 2021. However, anyone who joined before 01 April 2016 will still qualify for them. Unlike financial retention incentives (FRI), commitment bonuses have no return… Read More

8 Important Gears You Need to Consider When You are on a Military Training

Deciding to go to Military Training will be one of the most significant choices you will be making for yourself. Not only will you have the opportunity to be part of the armed forces, but also the knowledge and the experience you will gain will stay with you for the remainder of your life. This… Read More

Pay Hike for New British Army Soldiers

The starting salary for soldiers fresh out of Phase 2 (employment) training is rising to £20,000, a rise of about £1,140. Approximately 4,000 junior soldiers are set to benefit from the 6% pay rise. Other personnel, up to Brigadier (OF-6), will receive a 2.9% increase and compensatory allowances have also received a 2.9% rise, including:… Read More

When Do I Get Paid?

“One type of expense incurred in modern wars was not always present in the ancient world: paying the troops. As we have seen, in the classical city state citizenship was bound up with military service. For a long time city states thus had no need to pay their citizen-soldiers. In the Greek world the only… Read More

What is the Unit Cost for Employing & Maintaining a Paratrooper?

The capitation rate for a member of the Parachute Regiment in the financial Year 2014/15 was £43,168. This included: Pensionable and non-Pensionable Pay; Earnings-Related National Insurance Contributions (ERNIC); and Superannuation Charges Adjusted for Past Experience (SCAPE). Reference FOI 2014/01589/73049 dated 10 June 2014.