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Do the British Army get paid enough?

Updated on November 13, 2011

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.

Basic Salary:

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.

Pension:

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.

Do you think British Soldier's earn enough?

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Extras:

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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      Brandon 19 months ago

      I think:

      PVT - WO1 (RSM) = £21,000 - £55,000

      2nd Lt. - Brig = £39,000 - £155,000

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      Kim 4 years ago

      Also, 'According to the British Army Website, you can earn 14% more compared to the closest civilian job'

      That is a load of bull to try to get more people to join up. Working the hours that soldiers work, in civilian life they would earn double. You don't get paid hourly in the army, you don't get paid extra for working weekends or bank holidays. Nor do you get any extra money for working Christmas! Most soldiers i know, including my husband work in a normal week 60+ hours. that's 6 in the morning until 6 at night, or 7 til 7. Then add weekend work on top of that. And night shifts too. And add 24hrs work each day when on tour of duty. If they worked these hours in civi street, they would be rich!!

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      Kim 4 years ago

      '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'

      Seriously??? Are you kidding me I wish! Try £20,000 after 6 years! A £32,000 salary is a Sgts wage it can take 10 years+ to get to that point!!

      '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'

      Hahahaha try £10 a day being away from army base. And it's taxed remember that! In 'unpleasant' places you will receive the £29 a day but again, it's taxed. Don't know where you are getting £18.16 and £28.24 from!?!?

      'Soldiers are given at least 38 days leave every year which is a lot more than most jobs offer'

      Yes, true, but you can never take the leave because there are always jobs to do!

      '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'

      Seriously?? They pay rent, gas, electric just like everybody else, and the rent comes straight out of their wages! Yes, it's a little cheaper due to being posted in different places but they still pay for it!! Gas and electric is paid through a company, just like everybody else! Food is NOT provided free unless on an exercise away from base! And it is basic rations!

      You are making out that the army are living it up - they struggle just like everybody else - then add the risk of dying on top of that and being away from family for such long periods!! NO they DO NOT get paid enough!!!

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      naeemebrahimjee 5 years ago from London

      Hi A Soldier. Please correct me! I don't want to give out incorrect information. At the time of writing this hub (18months ago) the information was accurate according to several sources in the British army, (including the British Army press release and friends in the army I have) but I am well aware things are constantly changing!

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      A soldier 5 years ago

      This information is not correct

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      soldier22 6 years ago

      I agree! also the commitment bonus has gone down and the "golden hello" is also taxable. The 8,500 to get on the property ladder is under the condition that you have done at least 4 years reckonable service. Food and Accommodation is provided but is still taken out of our wages. There are many benefits but they do come with small print which a lot of recruits don't realise until they join up. I think this country should review what we actually do and consider better wages for our forces. But a lot of people like myself do not just sign up for the money but for the excitement of the job, adventure, the comradery and just the joy of being a "squaddie".

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      6 years ago

      I agree with the comment above, I am currently a serving Soldier who has just returned off Operations

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      point2make 6 years ago

      Excellent hub and the questions is fair and honest. Personally I do not believe they earn enough. During peacetime conditions we may feel that a soldier's pay is quite good. When we send our soldiers to war to fight and , in some cases, to die for us... how do we put a value on that?

      Considering the salaries of sports figures, actors and even politicians and civil servants our soldiers are, in my opinion, underpaid.

      It is also important to remember that while all the above "overpaid" professions do what they do for money we should all be thankful that our soldiers...do not!

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