Armed Forces gain 3% pay rise

The Armed Forces will get an above-inflation pay rise of 3%, defence secretary John Reid has announced.

The lowest Army ranks of private and lance corporal and their equivalents in the RAF and the Royal Navy will get a bigger increase of 3.3%.

Reid said the pay award recognised “the particular sacrifices and dangers” faced by the UK’s Armed Forces.

“This pay increase is thoroughly deserved and recognises their valuable work, whether on peace support operations in southern Iraq or on humanitarian missions in the mountains of northern Pakistan,” Reid said.

The pay agreement means the lowest-ranking members of the Armed Forces will see their wages rise from £13,866 to £14,323 from 1 April.


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