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MOD Announces Pay Rise For The Armed Forces

It will be implemented in September's salaries and backdated to 1 April 2019. 

The Defence Secretary has announced an above-inflation, 2.9% pay rise for the Armed Forces.

It will be implemented in September's salaries and backdated to 1 April 2019. 

The lowest-paid soldiers, sailors and airmen and women will receive a 6% increase to bring them in line with the living wage.

This increase means that after basic training, new and junior personnel will receive an annual salary of £20,000 a year.

For the 'average' salary of personnel (at Corporal level), the pay rise represents an annual increase of £995.

The starting salary for an officer will see an annual increase of £769.

Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said: 

“No soldier, sailor, airman or woman should be asked to serve our country and not be properly rewarded, which is why I’m pleased we have accepted the pay review body’s recommendation for an above-inflation rise this year.

“But in order to attract and retain the best talent, we need to make sure even the lowest-paid members of the Armed Forces receive an acceptable salary to live on.

In June, the Defence Secretary announced that the Ministry of Defence would work on providing a living wage to the lowest-paid personnel in the Armed Forces.

Recently, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also vowed to give "fair pay" to the military and end privatisation in the Armed Forces.