I doubt junior service will count, back then we couldn't deploy, thats why we got paid so little and they kept us so busy with crap at weekends. And if they did offer it to us it's bound to have a catch, something about it would cost us, thats for sure - if we got out early, thats their way of robbing us of a chance of promotion and gaining a better pay off. Have you ever known them to give us something for free?? me im going to stick with the original.
The new Scheme is apparently going to take into account all service, but you still cannoy retire with an immediate pension until a minimum age of 40. So if you joined at 16 like me, you could retire with 24 years pensionable service, not just 22.
The downside presumably, is that you would have to elect to transfer all your service to the new scheme ? A move which isn't designed to cost the treasury money and line the pockets of worthy ex-servicemen
If I went for an LE commission in about 4 or 5 years, presumably I'd be forced onto the new pension scheme. Going a little further, I've heard that the new pension scheme only starts to make economic sense if you complete about a zillion years service.
So how long would LE Offrs have to serve to actually make it worth their while economically? So far, it seems to me that taking an LE commission actually leaves you financially far worse off under the new scheme. Pse advise.
We had some old buffer General from the forces pension society come over and give us a brief on the new scheme. He was asked your very question and stated that on commissioning, the soldier could retain his old scheme pension even though he is discharged and re-enlisted.
Now this bloke who is an ex General does not work for MOD and I would prefer to get the facts in writing from MOD/APC, however he did seem quite clued up on the facts.