Skip to main content

Army Personnel: Benefits

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what benefits are provided for servicemen in the British Army in addition to wages. (111360)

Army personnel receive a wide remuneration package, which in addition to their basic pay, includes specialist pay, for example, Flying Pay or Parachute Pay, to recruit and retain them in specific branches or arms within the service. Various allowances are also payable covering:


Subsistence and messing







Compensation and reimbursement.

Apart from their pay and allowances there are also other benefits that Army personnel derive from being members of the armed forces namely:

Free medical and dental care;

30 days annual leave;

Sports facilities and adventurous training;

Subsidised accommodation;

Family support ranging from the provision of service children’s education schools, for families based overseas, to information and community centres;

A resettlement package for personnel about to leave the service The Operational Welfare Package—a package of entitlements provided to personnel in certain operational theatres;

Discounted rail travel for service personnel and their families for off-duty journeys;

British Forces Post Office—allows service personnel and their families to send mail to and from overseas at UK postage rates;

Forces discount brochure, which lists commercial providers who offer marginally preferential terms to service personnel.