King's shilling for many years a soldier's daily pay, before stoppages - was the shilling given to recruits of the British army and the Royal Navy of the 18th and 19th centuries. The expression "to take the King's shilling" meant that a man agreed to serve as a soldier or sailor. It'sa just an old tradition that they still do, you get mair than a fcuking shilling lol. I got aboot a hundred quid I think They're into all things traditional in the army ya know. do u still get it after your oath? my friend says she did! but she joined over 15 yr ago???