In the coming weeks and months, the remuneration package for those of us who serve will change for the worse. A 2 year pay freeze (regardless of the £250 p.a for the lowest paid) - without any comment on whether our charges will continue to rise at extortionate rates - a "significant" reduction in LOA for those serving overseas, even though the cost of living is rising disproportionately due to the 33% drop in the strength of the pound in the last 10 years. Worse to come will be the forced changes on our Terms and Conditions of Service with regards our pension. The overall net effect will be a significant and real term reduction in our income, coupled with an ever increasing workload as those of use who remain in cover the duties of those military (and civilians) who are encouraged to go through natural wastage - thus saving significant money by negating the need for redundancies. In recent years we have been pacified by the AFPRB who have defended our corner (of sorts), but they will be helpless to defend our interests against such an onslought on our way of life. How strange that their recent visit to Germany came before any formal announcement of this "significant" reduction in LOA - where we afraid of what spouses might say? No other employment grouping would tolerate such a raid on their terms and conditions without responding through some sort of action, but a lack of any voice that is backed by the teeth of collective representation is being used to force us down a road of significant pay cuts. This process will deliberately be handled in the most callous of ways, thus alienating serving personnel and encouraging them to "jump" instead of being "pushed" which will save the military millions. Standby standby.