Service personnel receive a remuneration package comprising the following elements:
Basic pay—paid in accordance with rank and seniority;
Specialist Pay—paid to recruit and retain service personnel in specific branches;
Allowances—over 80 allowances which cover the broad areas of accommodation, travel and subsistence, separation, location and relocation, clothing, education, compensation and education; and
Non contributory pension.
Rates of basic pay, specialist pay and some allowances, for all members of the armed forces up to the rank of Brigadier and equivalent, are recommended by the independent Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body (AFPRB) in its annual report to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Defence. Copies of the AFPRB’s 37th Report—2008 (Cm 7315) and its Supplement (Cm 7347), which covers the pay of service medical and dental officers, for financial year 2008-09, are available in the Library of the House.
Pay rates for all senior service officers of Major General rank and equivalent, and above, are recommended by the independent Review Body on Senior Salaries (SSRB) in its annual report to the Prime Minister, the Lord Chancellor, the Secretary of State for Defence and the Secretary of State for Health. Copies of the SSRB’s 30th Report on Senior Salaries (Cm 7388), which covers financial year 2008-09, are available in the Library of the House.
Those allowances which do not fall within the remit of the AFPRB are reviewed annually by the Ministry of Defence (MOD). Current rates for all service allowances are published in the Joint Service Publication 752—Tri Service Regulations for Allowances, which is available on the Internet (via search engine requests for ‘JSP 752’).
Updated pension rates and associated benefits for service personnel are calculated annually by the MOD. Details of pension benefits for former service personnel for financial year 2008-09 are available on the MOD website at:
which includes a pensions calculator.
In addition to the remuneration package already described, there is also a wider benefits package for service personnel. This includes free medical and dental care, 30 days annual leave plus other targeted leave such as post operational tour leave, sporting facilities and adventurous training, subsidised accommodation, an operational welfare package and the Forces Discount Brochure.