As you may have seen the guys at the AFPRB (the lads and lasses who decide our pay each year) have decided that EOD operators will get SP for working in an EOD unit. As some people are aware attached to that regiment are a number of R Signals operators providing ECM. The EOD operators will get just short of £20 extra a day on level 3, just short of £15 on level 2 and about £7 a day on level 1. Most of the Signals lads are qualified on level 2 and go on back to back tours. I admit they are not stood over the bomb trying to defuse it but they are closer than most people would like to be. I have been since told that the SP entitlement is due to the operators being offered better jobs in Civvi Street so it's a retention bonus. Surely the royal corps is having the same problem, so why not give us a retention bonus to keep the good operators in so we don't get people who quite frankly shouldn't get promoted but do just to balance the MCM books.