Secondly each Regimental or Corps magazine is paid for by the regiment, corps or their assn., not the public.
Lastly.... four services? Three tops, unless you are counting the RLC as being large enough to be their own service rather than a corps. You may be forgeting that the Royal Marines are a branch of the Royal Navy.
Soldier Mag is about as impartial as Am Phoblach. Its the party line from MoD who says everything is rosy in the Army! I've got copies from 1955 and its the same $hite different battle dress and webbing!
those bloody letters pages...every reasonable complaint about pay seems to be rebuffed contemptuously by the SPSA Brigadier simply by quoting a regulation exactly - when we all know that there are loads of other regulations which contradict it. Typical pay tactic of taking whichever angle you want then f***ing the person off at the high port.
For example - the long running request for the army to get the whopping 8.5k LSAP allowance for house purchase. They seem to elicit the same patronising platitudes every time. Labout says it wants to create 1 million new homeowners but the MoD wants to make sure that it's particularly difficult for squaddies to get the first step on that ladder.
When you think how much property has increased in recent years - yet LSAP has not changed in at least a decade. So the services actually get far less money in real terms (inflation etc) and certainly nothing compared to a decade ago.
But when someone asks the question - rather than get a reasonable discussion, it is rebuffed straight away. Perhaps it's to do with airing dirty washing in public?