LSA when JPA Arrives.

Can any pay gurus shed some light on the LSA that comes into effect when JPA is introduced. Will the accumulated LSSA days that we all have be reset to zero? or do we continue to clock up the days and move up the LSA scale? Incidently how many days are now required to move up to the next level? Will it be that we require 300 days to progress to the next level as we did on LSSA moving form low to middle to high rate?

I have asked at my unit RAO, however they seem to be in the dark as much as the rest of us.



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I no longer work in an RAO so don't take what I say as verbatim, but I do have access to the Regs and my interpretation would be that formare Qualifying service will count, and its 300 days ebtween levels. here are the relevant paragraphs (note, I am assuming the rules on reentering the service will be the ones applied on transition to the LSA scheme)

05.0109. LSA Levels. Service personnel who complete the IQP will be paid LSA Level 1 for their next 300 days QS. After 400 days (100 IQP plus 300 days QS) of QS Service personnel will move to LSA Level 2. Qualification for the next LSA Levels will require further multiples of 300 days of QS, up to and including the highest level of LSA available.

05.0123. Re-entering the Services After a Break not Exceeding 4 Years. Service personnel re-entering the Services after a break not exceeding 4 years may count former QS for the purpose of LSA eligibility. QS accrued under former separation terms (Longer Separated Service Allowance/ Longer Service at Sea Bonus (LSSA/LSSB)) may also be counted at the rate of one LSA day for each LSSA day and 219 days LSA for every 365 days LSSB. Any LSA IQP-earning separation or QS earned by Reserve personnel whilst on regular engagements should count towards their entitlement as a Reserve Service person and vice versa, provided that there has not been a break in Service in excess of 4 years.


Try this link to AFPRB 06, all rates from 1-14 are shown.

When JPA goes live to the Army, a number of existing separation allowances and bonuses will be replaced with a single, tri-Service Longer Separation Allowance (LSA). The RN and RAF have already introduced LSA. The changes will affect the Army with effect from 1 Apr 07.

• LSA is a new allowance that replaces Longer Separated Service Allowance (LSSA) (including LSSA (On The Road (OTR)), Longer Service at Sea Bonus (LSSB), Accumulated Turbulence (AT) Bonus, Accumulated Turbulence Plus (AT+) Bonus, Married Unaccompanied Service Allowance (MUSA) and Northern Ireland Detached Duty Allowance (NIDDA).

• For all 3 Services, with effect from 1 Apr 07, there will be no Initial Qualifying Period (IQP) for LSA.

• The new system will have an increased number of levels of payment, based on the total amount of Qualifying Separation (QS) accumulated during a career. Individuals will have access to 14 levels of payment (at up to £25.42 per day at current rates).

• All QS accumulated for LSSA prior to transfer will count towards LSA and will be used to set the level at which individuals move across. In addition, all personnel, regardless of their current counter total, will receive an additional 100 days to their total days accrued on roll out.

• The current AT and AT+ bonuses will cease to be payable with effect from 1 Apr 07.

• Those serving Voluntarily Separated (VOLSEP) will be restricted to LSA Level 1 and this separated service will not accumulate.

• LSSB has both qualifying service and paid service, but only paid service counts towards LSA, transferring at a rate of 60% (reflecting an average operational tempo and therefore separation). LSSB qualifying service will not transition to LSA. This policy ensures that all those who had qualified for LSSA or LSSB transition to a broadly similar rate of LSA.


Arrangements for LSA are as follows:

• The period of QS under the new allowance will remain 10 days or more (because periods of less than 10 days are compensated through the X-factor), other than for LSA (OTR) posts which will remain at 4 days.

• With effect from 1 Apr 07, personnel will not be required to complete an IQP. This compares with the requirement, for LSSA, to have completed 12 months service from the first day of full time Regular pay and, for LSSB, 18 months service.

• Those who are voluntarily separated (including MUSA recipients) or in OTR posts will be eligible for payment of LSA at Level 1 only. Days separated while in these circumstances will not count towards an individual’s running total of QS. However, should these personnel be temporarily deployed INVOLSEP, they will receive LSA at the level appropriate to their previously accumulated QS; these periods will count towards their QS running total.

• Personnel who qualify for AT bonuses prior to JPA Go-Live will receive payment. Those who do not meet the qualifying periods by the Go-Live date, no matter how close they might be to it at that point, will not receive the bonus payment.

Until 1 Apr 07, RN and RAF personnel, who are currently eligible for LSA, will still be required to complete 100 days of QS before becoming eligible to receive payment of this separation allowance

Due to a misunderstanding, RN/RM personnel had been incorrectly led to expect that all their LSSB qualifying and paid service would count towards LSA, whilst only LSSB paid service was intended to count towards LSA eligibility. The MOD has reviewed the issue and directed that the mistake be corrected, so as not to create an unfairness against other Service personnel. 2SL has written personally to the COs of all units affected.

LSA has many advantages over the current method of compensating for separation. Those who are required to undertake frequent operational tours throughout their service will, over the course of a career, be better remunerated than under the present system.


Further supporting information on Separation Allowances and rates can be found in the tri-Service regulations for allowances (JSP 752). This JSP, 2006 DIN02-001 (Tri-Service Allowances for Service Personnel), 2006 DIN02-002 (Guide to Allowances for Service Personnel) and 2006 DIN02-057 (A Summary of JSP 752 Separation Allowances) are all available now via the Defence Intranet or unit pay staffs.

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