Dear All, The commitment of the UK Armed Forces is greater now than ever before and we see our young soldiers accumulating vast rows of medals for their troubles (medals not money for the sake of this argument). The main point to this thread is regarding the retention of our world-class soldiers and if the high-paid, high-glam life of the Private Security Operators is stealing them away in drips or droves? An interview was presented on CNN recently in which a US Sergeant said that he was unhappy with the amount of money that he was being paid for risking his life in unpleasant conditions (Iraq in this instance). The reason for his dissatisfaction was simple: His monthly salary equated to $2900 while a young civilian KBR bus driver received $10K for driving his bus within an operational base in Basrah or Baghdad. Not part of the private security argument but still relevant for the sake of the wage differences. I was quite keen to open this point up to the masses as I have been working with the US guys recently and this opinion is fairly common amongst most that Iâve spoken too. As a second consideration, I have seen the UK Bn's and RM formations deploy in Basrah, where in true Brit style; they have performed to the world-class standards that differentiates us from the rest. The relevance to this fact is that the British soldiers operate in arduous conditions for a few quid, compared to their PSO rivals on mega money. A PSO is on roughly 275 pounds a day and Pte sldr on slightly less! Is MOD responsible for this âus and themâ scenario, as those personnel that have deployed to Iraq are fully aware that a good number of Private Security Companies are allowed to virtually co-exist with our troops; hence, developing a situation where the Brit squaddie becomes irritated and dissatisfied with his end of the deal.