I have been unable to get a clear answer on this from my unit HR people (usually amounts to 'I'll find out' and then I have to chase them again 2 days later) so I'm wondering if anyone here knows the crack. I am a serving soldier, with a bachelor's degree, starting the commissioning course at RMAS soon. Will my pay as an officer cadet be based on my civilian qualifications, or my current rate of pay (i.e. infantry private with a couple of years' service)? Or both? Or whichever is higher? I have the table showing rates of pay for officer cadets/junior officers at the various levels, and I am aware of the principle that my pay cannot decrease while I am there. The rate of pay for a graduate entrant to Sandhurst is higher than my current salary. However, the printout I have been given is quite ambiguous as to how a soldier with a degree is to be handled -- it seems to imply that length of service and current paid rank come into determining pay for a currently serving soldier, but isn't clear on how (or if other things, like being a graduate, are also considered). To compound the ambiguity, I know that I remain on my current contract, pending completion of the course (so if I prove myself to be a mong, I can be RTUed) -- does that affect the pay issue? A reference to a particular chapter and verse somewhere would be particularly helpful to set my mind at rest, if anyone knows where I could find it. Thanks for any advice/abuse.