From 01 Apr 09 Cpls promoted to Sgt will receive an allowance of Â£455 in order to ofset the cost of buying their Mess Kit. The allowance will be slightly more for SCOTS and significantly higher from HCav and RAC types whose uniforms are dripping in gold braid. Long overdue but still, some good news for thrusty type Cpls. There is no provision to claim restrospectively (ie if you are already a SNCO). This allowance also applies to the Household blokes promoted from LCpl to LSgt. I have seen this new policy with my own eyes on headed paper = gen.