http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/DefencePolicyAndBusiness/LowestRankGet92InForcesBiggestPayRiseForFourYears.htm Link above to the MOD report on the pay award that is at least some good news for our junior soldiers. However, having read the Army Briefing Note circulated today, can anyone explain why a single soldier is charged a hire fee for furniture in their SLA? We have to cram our lives into a poxy 6 cubic metres of MFO everytime we are posted - an allowance that doesn't cover the move of our own furniture - and not forgetting we do not have the luxuary of the removals people packing our kit and moving it door to door. I have lost count of the amount of kit I have had to flog off or give away because I exceed my limit. So we are stuck with single beds with matresses for incontinent five-year olds, wardrobes that just about take your military clothing - forget your civvy kit - and normally one small bookshelf and a single chair. And now they want us to pay for the privilege of re-conditioned 1960s' G-plan furniture. Okay the charge isn't big, but it is the foot in the door for future increases to commercial rates. Once again the Government and the MoD are ignoring the unique nature of service life and stealing back the money we earn. To**ers. The only saving grace is that we are not nurses or the like getting a completely pityfull pay rise.