And this is how it goes.
Inflation has increased to 2.3% so far this year.
Armed forces personnel will receive an average 1% increase in basic pay in 2017-8 after ministers accepted the recommendations of The Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body.
Thus they effectively get a PAY CUT of 1.3% with respect to inflation.
Don’t forget, the cost of their accommodation and food will rise as well just to make things worse.
Now think on the fact that Members of Parliament (MP’s) are getting a pay rise of 1.4% to £76,011 next week.
Hands up any rank and file squaddie who earns that sort of money.
So once again the question gets asked, what the heck benefit is there is carrying on in the UK armed forces if you are forced to accept yet another pay cut?
Recruiting and retention figures are going to bomb further within the next few months.