Listening to an interview this morning (with a Government Rep?) on the Radio 4 "Today" programme about 0720Hrs 7 Sept. I heard the claim that the Armed Forces Pension Scheme is non-contributory. There was no suggestion the Pension Scheme was under threat, but as I understand it the claim it is non-contributory is only superficially true. I think this is how it works: The Armed Forces Pay Review Body fixes pay rates by comparison with equivalent civvy employment. The rates are then increased by the X-Factor; but then they are reduced by an amount to take account of the fact that the pension is notionally non-contributory. It is true that no deduction for pension contributions is shown on Armed Forces pay statements; but it is also true that the cash has already been deducted at an earlier stage in the accounting process. Am I right? I do believe it is in the interests of the Armed Forces to have these facts kept before the public as the national debate progresses.