What is the Mine Counter Measures Vessels Environment Allowance?

The Armed Forces Pay Review Body (AFPRB) recommended, in their 2015 report, the introduction of a Mine Counter Measures Vessels (MCMV) Environmental Allowance (MEA). This was intended to compensate for the particularly arduous conditions and poor quality of life in MCMVs, and was designed to mitigate retention challenges within the MCMV community. The MEA rate… Read More

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What are the Elements in the British Armed Forces Pay Model?

Elements in the UK military’s wider-pay model include: Core pay; Recruitment and Retention Pay (RRP); Supplements; X-Factor; Bespoke pay spines; Financial Retention Incentives (RTI); and Golden Hellos. Reference AFPRB (Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body). (2018) Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body Forty-Seventh Report 2018. Available from World Wide Web: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/armed-forces-pay-review-body-forty-seventh-report-2018. [Accessed: 22 January, 2019].

Recruitment & Retention Payments (2018)

Recruitment and retention payments (RRP) are paid to specific groups where there are long-standing recruitment and/or retention issues involving difficulties specific to some cadres or where external market competitive pressures exist. These payments are made where the Ministry of Defence (MOD) does not consider a bespoke pay spine is warranted. Bespoke pay spines provide a… Read More

Pension: Regulars Rejoining As Reserves

Regulars who rejoin as a Reserve will see their pension abated. This applies to those on Full-time Reserve Service (FTRS) (AFPRB, 2018, p.20). Further, Reservists are expected to leave the Service at age 55 but the Armed Forces Pension Scheme 15 does not pay out until age (AFPRB, 2018). However, there is a practice that… Read More

Are Reservists Entitled to Use Military Medical & Dental Care?

“However, one of the most frequent complaints we heard again this year, particularly for those on Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS), was that they did not qualify for military medical and dental care.” (AFPRB, 2018, p.20). Reference AFPRB (Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body). (2018) Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body Forty-Seventh Report 2018. Available from World… Read More

What are the Non-Pay Benefits for the British Armed Forces?

British Armed Forces personnel receive a wide range of non-pay benefits including (AFPRB, 2018, p.16): An annual leave allowance of 38 days per year (as they do not have a separate allowance for Bank Holiday); Sea-goer’s leave; Post operational leave allowance; Relocation leave; Rest and recuperation; A resettlement package; Childcare vouchers; Medical and dental care;… Read More

Leave Arrangements & the British Armed Forces

In 2016-17, Service personnel had an average Individual Leave Allowance (ILA) entitlement of 50.3 days, similar to 51.2 days in 2015-16. Of this entitlement (2015-16 figures in brackets) (AFPRB, 2018, p.13): 40.1 days were used (42.5 days); 8.9 days were carried forward (7.7 days); 1.2 days were lost (1.1 days); and Some element of ILA… Read More