How much different countries pay their soldiers?

US military also receive re-enlistment bonuses.
Not every swinging Richard, as you so rightly point out. It is usually the MOSC that are in short supply that get the gravy and the Big Bucks. The only time I actually came into sight of a reenlistment bonus, (in the 1970s) it was only going to be $1500 and ultimately I didn't get one anyway because I had to reenlist in the new FY (Oct) and Recruiting Command had cut the bonus off. Thenk kew very much.
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This is exactly what I do not want to. I have no idea about foreign tax system, bonus system etc., and no motivation to read all of that. I just ask for concrete example. Is it such a secret?
You sound like a fun person. What rag are you working for?
 

ugly

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This is exactly what I do not want to. I have no idea about foreign tax system, bonus system etc., and no motivation to read all of that. I just ask for concrete example. Is it such a secret?
It’s all there, you can use a paye calculator and enter tax code 1275L and then compare your salary to the UK one but no two people have the same outgoings and when I was in Germany they cut LOA because a married corporal with two children took home more than a single sergeant! Or at least that was the publicised excuse! Looking back it was probably the treasury attempting to recoup some money from the army expansion using the TA! 1984 rings a bell
 
Hello,
It's rude to ask a man about his salary and woman her age. I do both, so:
How much do you earn (active duty soldiers pls) per month, after taxes - NET income, incl. all bonuses allowances etc., I mean what lands on your bank account, total and clean?
I serve as a captain, Polish, para duty, and get about 2000 pounds a month - including everything and taxed. Anyone else? Thx!

Dont forget that the cost of living favours Poland.
 
Not every swinging Richard, as you so rightly point out. It is usually the MOSC that are in short supply that get the gravy and the Big Bucks. The only time I actually came into sight of a reenlistment bonus, (in the 1970s) it was only going to be $1500 and ultimately I didn't get one anyway because I had to reenlist in the new FY (Oct) and Recruiting Command had cut the bonus off. Thenk kew very much.
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My info came from a couple of Marines with an 11b nodding in agreement.

what they also told me was that USMC internal recruiters try and parlez courses in exchange for re-up cash. For example remfy techy specialists who will spend their entire career in a workshop or office will be offered para and dive courses In exchange for the cash. That way they get some uniform bling and can look warry in the canteen queue.
 
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Hello,
It's rude to ask a man about his salary and woman her age. I do both, so:
How much do you earn (active duty soldiers pls) per month, after taxes - NET income, incl. all bonuses allowances etc., I mean what lands on your bank account, total and clean?
I serve as a captain, Polish, para duty, and get about 2000 pounds a month - including everything and taxed. Anyone else? Thx!
A trip to defence gateway tells me in 2019 my net pay as a junior other rank in training was £1250.

Just writing that down makes me wonder what the **** I was thinking.
 

ugly

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A trip to defence gateway tells me in 2019 my net pay as a junior other rank in training was £1250.

Just writing that down makes me wonder what the **** I was thinking.
Not to elevenerife you but my first pay slip was £6.05 a day as a junior under 16 & 1/2

Then again I didn’t do it for the money, as my first tour in Belfast was £13.00 a day! I was rich I tell you. The average RUC Constables take home was £1500 per month.
 

GDog

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Not to elevenerife you but my first pay slip was £6.05 a day as a junior under 16 & 1/2

Then again I didn’t do it for the money, as my first tour in Belfast was £13.00 a day! I was rich I tell you. The average RUC Constables take home was £1500 per month.
I was significantly older than 16 and paying my half of a mortgage in 2019
 
My first weeks pay as a boy soldier in 1971 was £1.00. I had a massive pay rise the following week to £1.50p.

The actual pay was about £9.50 a week. We paid for food etc but it was at a very reduced rate. Where we did actually benefit was when we went on periodical leave, a part of the £9.50p had been put into a savings book and you were given the book to take on leave with you. The book would have around £60 odd quid in it which was good money for a three week leave back in 1971.

Boy soldier pay was increased incrementally a couple of times each year. By the time you were near to leaving to join your regiment after your two year stint as a boy soldier, you were getting about £12 or £13 odd a week.

When I went to depot for a couple of months at Winchester before being sent to my battalion in Germany, the pay went up to about £18 or £20 a week. There was also the living overseas allowance component in Germany as well which pushed it up a little bit more.

When I left the army in late 1977, we were getting about £26 a week as Riflemen.

Where you did make money was on tour. Not because you were getting any extra although I recall they did give an extra 50p to us a day. The reason was that for four months, you didn’t spend any money because apart from four days R&R, you were always on duty 24 hours a day on the streets or staring out of sangers etc.

Post tour leave would see you going home with around £400 plus in the bank and three weeks to spend it in. Of course I’m talking about single blokes here with no family attachments to pay for. Married blokes were still forking out to feed their families etc.

So never a fortune in the army at the bottom of the ladder but for single blokes, it certainly had it’s moments. A good night out would cost you probably quite a bit less than a fiver. If you had done a fiver, it was because you had got fish and chips or a couple of burgers with chips on the way back to camp.
 

Mufulira42

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Not to elevenerife you but my first pay slip was £6.05 a day as a junior under 16 & 1/2

Then again I didn’t do it for the money, as my first tour in Belfast was £13.00 a day! I was rich I tell you. The average RUC Constables take home was £1500 per month.
And all the abuse you'd care to collect
 

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Fullscrew high band (Household old chap) I was pulling at 7yrs about, if I recall, £2300 a month after deductions, topped up with a delicious £330 Get You Home Pay. Good times. Still got the payslips somewhere.
 
I mind starting basic training in 2010/11 and my take home pay was £800/ month (open weekend returns from Darlington train station to Glasgow were ~£40 so that I could boaby Mrs G_J stupid all weekend). Once I got to battalion it went up to £1'100/ month. Think when I left as a lance jack in 2016 it was £1'800/ month, pretty decent I felt.
 
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Pay? Pay? You lucky, lucky bleeders.

I didn't know I'd joined the navy until I woke up with a bump on the back of my head and found myself at sea.
 
Pay? Pay? You lucky, lucky bleeders.

I didn't know I'd joined the navy until I woke up with a bump on the back of my head and found myself at sea.
just the back of the head sore we hope.
 
My info came from a couple of Marines with an 11b nodding in agreement.

what they also told me was that USMC internal recruiters try and parlez courses in exchange for re-up cash. For example remfy techy specialists who will spend their entire career in a workshop or office will be offered para and dive courses In exchange for the cash. That way they get some uniform bling and can look warry in the canteen queue.
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Are you saying keeping the interest factor going to keep them in does not happen in the army? I see the sense of it: Cheaper and easier to keep a specialist in for another 4 years by letting him pin some wings on than having to train a newbie from scratch. Its just that apparently the Marine Corps, in an effort to save money rather than paying out cash will run courses for REMFs who have accepted the offer of a warry course as their retention bribe.

As to re-enlistment bonuses there are plenty of column inches out there on various official and demi-official websites:

Air Force paying up to $100K - Air Force Signing, Enlistment, and Reenlistment Bonuses - Operation Military Kids

Army, up to $80K back in 2019 - Army raises max re-up bonuses to $80K for certain jobs

They are even paying them bonuses to enlist and to return back to uniform - Military Bonuses: Learn About Army Bonuses
 
Are you saying keeping the interest factor going to keep them in does not happen in the army? I see the sense of it: Cheaper and easier to keep a specialist in for another 4 years by letting him pin some wings on than having to train a newbie from scratch. Its just that apparently the Marine Corps, in an effort to save money rather than paying out cash will run courses for REMFs who have accepted the offer of a warry course as their retention bribe.

As to re-enlistment bonuses there are plenty of column inches out there on various official and demi-official websites:

Air Force paying up to $100K - Air Force Signing, Enlistment, and Reenlistment Bonuses - Operation Military Kids

Army, up to $80K back in 2019 - Army raises max re-up bonuses to $80K for certain jobs

They are even paying them bonuses to enlist and to return back to uniform - Military Bonuses: Learn About Army Bonuses
Not at all. I'm for keeping the trained Specialist in by reenlistment rather than having to train another no-nothing n00bie from Day One; the Army (& USMC) spends a lot less money that way. If they run courses to incentivize good people to stay on, I have no problem with it. (Para, Dive, Ranger, etc.) :thumleft: Some horse-trading does go on in the Re-Up NCO's office in the Army too, I'm sure, (and the REMF know that) but I hope the duds who take that unholy bargain to stay in are found out pretty quickly so I don't have to go to the hassle of kicking them out.



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My first weeks pay as a boy soldier in 1971 was £1.00. I had a massive pay rise the following week to £1.50p.

The actual pay was about £9.50 a week. We paid for food etc but it was at a very reduced rate. Where we did actually benefit was when we went on periodical leave, a part of the £9.50p had been put into a savings book and you were given the book to take on leave with you. The book would have around £60 odd quid in it which was good money for a three week leave back in 1971.
Down the coast from you at Dover at the same time my first week's wage was nine guineas a week (although we went decimal 6 weeks later on 15 Feb 1971). You had the choice of drawing £1 or £2. All the smokers drew £2. As one of only two non smokers out of an intake of 40 I only drew £1. We were paid the balance in cash just before you went on block leave at easter, summer and christmas therefore I had more money when I went on leave. The balance went into a POSB account which was given to you when you passed out after the end of two years.

I opened a second POSB account with money I had left over from leave. In summer 1972 we had five weeks leave as it was a leap year. I was paid £120 in my hand which was the most money I had ever had at that time. I didn't go on full adult pay rates until age seventeen and a half, even though I had left J/L's two months previously.
 

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