Courtesy of the Telegraph Above-inflation 'reward' for Armed Forces By George Jones, Political Editor (Filed: 17/02/2006) The Armed Forces will receive an above-inflation pay award of at least three per cent to help recruitment and reward their service in Iraq, the Government announced yesterday. The award is higher than for other public sector groups. The lowest ranks of private and lance corporal and their equivalents in the Royal Navy and RAF will receive a 3.3 per cent rise. The current inflation rate is 1.9 per cent. John Reid, the Defence Secretary, said the award recognised the "particular sacrifices and dangers" that the forces had to face in addition to the need to ensure that recruitment and retention were maintained. Mr Reid said the pay increase was "thoroughly deserved" and recognised the Armed Forces' valuable work, whether on peace support operations in southern Iraq or on humanitarian missions in northern Pakistan. The rises were recommended by the independent Armed Forces' pay review body. Other additional rises include an increase in the rates of specialist pay. The review body said there were risks to recruitment and retention in the Services as a result of a tight labour market, the pressure of operations and excessive working hours. So that indicates how much our CILOCT and Rent will go up then........... Pay Reward, what a crock of shite, we live in tied housing we are required to be available 24/7 we are given a pay reward that as every serving/ex serving soldier knows is immediately taken away by a corresponding increase in rent or rates.