This is in the latest AFPRB report for 2010. Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineer Class 1 Avionic Technicians 3.30 MOD proposed a new FRI of Â£12,500 to be paid to all REME Class 1 Avionic Technicians (Tech Avs) between the 7-9 years reckonable service points. This was regarded as necessary to ensure the operational capability of Apache Helicopters and to support their campaign footing. It would attract a three-year return of service and would run for four years, subject to annual review. MOD proposed automatic withdrawal of this FRI when manning for this cadre reached 98 per cent. 3.31 We heard directly from a number of Tech Avs of all ranks on our visits. Due to their high level of specialist training, this cadre has valuable portable skills and can find employment in the civilian market relatively easily, even in a recession. We consider that the proposed FRI is appropriately targeted in addressing a very specific pinch-point for a limited duration, accompanied by some non-remunerative steps to address the problem in the long-term. Recommendation 10: We recommend the introduction of a Financial Retention Incentive for Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineer (REME) Class 1 Avionic Technicians of Â£12,500 from 1 April 2010. This should be subject to a threeyear return of service and should run to 2014 or until manning levels reach 98 per cent for this specific class and trade. http://www.ome.uk.com/AFPRB_Reports.aspx However, dont go spending it before you have got it. Remember this is only a recommedation at the moment, its got to be agreed to by the government! See you in the bar!