Do the British Army get paid enough?
Do the British Army get paid enough?
If a member of the British Army were to walk past me in the street I always feel a great deal of respect for them. They are people who have chosen a career path not to better themselves, and their own lives, but to better the greater world, or their country. They are men and women who are willing to lay down their lives just to ensure we are safe; and to make sure we can get the best out of life.
The job is not a simple nine to five job which most of us have. It’s an all hour’s job that becomes your life. You travel where you need to; you live in basic conditions and you face a very real risk of losing your life all the time. I think everyone will agree with me that they (and soldiers of all countries in the world) are among some of the best men and women among us. For this reason I believe they should have a cheque at the end of each month that reflects what they do for us.
Looking at salaries across the board, British Men can expect to earn around £30,812 including all bonuses and extras. Women can expect to earn around £24,014 including all bonuses and extras. (Figures taken from www.monster.com November 2011 Survey). On average this will include between two weeks and four weeks annual holiday allowance.
Army Men and woman have one of the most complex pay and allowance structures of all industries.
For a regular officer you will start with a salary of £15,824, but if you have a degree that salary will rise to £24,615. As you rise through the ranks, by the time you reach being a captain you will receive a salary of £37,916.
A Regular soldier earns at least £17,265 once you have a specific task to do. Your salary will increase and some jobs will earn you more, but after five years you could be earning at least £32,756.
After two years of regular service you are entitle to a pension. This is not something the soldiers pay into. They will get given a pension based on their final salary, and payable when they are 65.
There are several extras that help beef up the money soldiers earn. All soldiers who serve for at four years are eligible for a commitment bonus. Serving for up to eight years can give you a bonus payment of £7,500.
Joining certain roles will also give you “Golden Hello” with a cheque of up to £2500.
Army members are all housed, and food is provided; while they stay at bases and are on tours of duty. This means these expenses do not come out of their salaries. When an army member wants to get onto the property ladder, the Army will give a loan (Maximum of £8,500) with no interest to help secure a deposit on a property.
Soldiers are given at least 38 days leave every year which is a lot more than most jobs offer.
According to the British Army Website, you can earn 14% more compared to the closest civilian job.
In addition, being away from your army base for over a week, you will receive a daily allowance of up to £28.24. On top of this a further £18.16 if the conditions are unpleasant. Being deployed on operations will receive you a further £29.02.
All in all they get a very good package, and potentially earn a lot of money, especially as they don’t need to spend a penny of it whilst they work for the army; but my question still remains; do you think they earn enough??
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