I've seen in mentioned somewhere, they were pushing it through as one of their campaign promises. RUMINT has it that it won't be paid out this year though? Obviously, would be chuffed if it was backdated though.
Whet, theer are a lot (the majority) of the Army NOT currently on operations. On average, a given soldier SHOULD spend 6 moths on ops and 2 years in between. So most ARE on the basic pay without the op bonus.
The choice was not and is not one or the other. There are four choices, one, the other, both or none.
OK, fair one, I left just as PAYD was brought in across the board & it hadn't hit my mess. I was also fortunate to have a very comfortable room in the Mess, although did suffer the problems related to asbestos removal, shoddy repairs & a long period when the kitchen was out of commission so we had to go to the far side of camp (hardship )
However I stick by my point. It has always been accepted that Service personnel are paid a little less to recognise their access to subsidised food, accommodaton, medical,dental, sporting and AT facilities. That these things are being eroded is wrong & should be campaigned against.
Do I think Soldiers deserve more money? Jolly right which is why I always pushed to get mine through training & courses which would upgrade them & thus their pay & where appropriate for them to get pay for work of an unpleasant nature/pay for work in unpleasant conditions.
I think it serves no purpose to compare the Emergency Services & the Armed Forces as the only real thing we really have in common is wearing a Uniform.