This means that a private, trooper, etc. is to be paid £1.81 an hour for those 24 hours. The national minimum wage is £6.08 an hour for those aged over 21 but (no doubt in noble recognition of the service of the armed forces to their country), the National Minimum Wage Act does not extend to the armed forces, including the reserves. Meanwhile, in other news: Army Reserves set to expand to 30,000! Recruiting targets increased! Yadda, yadda.