Hi, thought all you pay boffins could do with a Monday morning wakeup. I'm currently in a NATO post, working alongside matelots and Crabs. I'm a SSGT, filling a NATO slot that requires a OR7 grade. The matelots I work with are all CPOs, and are all in the same slot. The point I am labouring is that we all do the same job, there are no distinctions. My question is this; as I am on lower payband, and all the matelots are on higher payband, am I entitled to put in for substitution pay, or something like it? I have managed to justify it (to myself, admittedly), on the grounds that you should get the same days pay for the same days work. I suspect that the matelot Tiffs have done a course similar to a REME Tiffy, or a Sigs FofS, which would justify their higher pay band. I , however haven't done any such course. However, I repeat, we all do the same job, to the same level. I would not advocate paying a woman less than a man for the same job on the grounds that the woman couldn't reach the male BPFA standards, and is therefore less qualified. Or that an acting CPL be paid less than a substantive CPL, simply because he hasn't completed JCLM. In my view, and I stand ready for the flak, the job should attract the pay, not the quals of the person carrying out the job. Ladies, gentlemen, thank you for your assistance.