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Army's annual cost of employing infantry soldier increases four years in a row

The figures for March 2021 show the annual cost of employing an infantry soldier was £47,352 – compared to £41,673 in 2017.

Anonymous Army troops on parade at Bulford Camp, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire.

The annual cost to the British Army of employing an infantry soldier has risen by more than £5,000 since 2017.

Leo Docherty, Minister for Defence People and Veterans, provided the cost breakdown following a written question from Shadow Defence Secretary John Healey.

In his response, Mr Doherty said the cost of employing an infantry soldier in March 2021 was £47,352, compared to £41,673 in 2017 – an increase of £5,679.

The biggest increase came between 2019 and 2020, with the yearly cost jumping from £42,698 to £46,232.

The statistics were the average cost of employing one soldier – including basic pay, national insurance and pension – and did not take into account any costs associated with recruitment, training, clothing, stock consumption or medical and dental care.