Des Browne has just announced that all troops on ops in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Balkans will receive a tax-free bonus of Â£2440 over a 6-month tour. This will be paid as a per day allowance (i reckon it works out at about Â£12.40 per day), and it will be back-dated to 01 April 06. Apparently, Gordon Brown has released Â£60million of new money to pay for it, and it will not affect any other defence spending. I stand by to stow my tits!!!!!