The country is strapped for money. The last Government has left us in a major hole. The Defence Budget has been seriously underfunded for years whilst the Government p1ssed money against the wall on the never never. Last nights program on High Thread IEDD types highlighted the problem in one area but its not a lone problem. The new Government is going to have to spend more money on Defence. This is going to be a hard sell to the tax payer at a time when there is no money and other departments are seeing their budgets cut. Clearly we also need to look at where savings can be made in the Defence budget. Cutting the grass less often, making sure that travel is really necessary and so on. What about pay cuts? I think up to Sergeant on the OR side and Captain on the commission side should not be cut but how about cutting the differential between Sergeant and Staff and Captain and Major by half and paying WO2 and 1s down a rank likewise Lt Cols and Brigs. Again cutting Maj Gens differential to Brigs by half and knocking Lt Gen and Gens down by one - same for the RN and RAF and CS. I would also question whether we need to pay the more senior members of the reserve quite as much as we do.