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    The NS is already entitled to the 'Sea-going...

    The NS is already entitled to the 'Sea-going Naval Personnel Tax Credit' of 1,500 (1,270 for 2020). 80 sea days are required which is a much lower threshold than for the seafarers allowance.

    The...
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    Accurate then so.

    Accurate then so.
  3. Forgive my ignorance but I wasn't in when the...

    Forgive my ignorance but I wasn't in when the grat was still paid. How much was it per year and what did you have to do to qualify?

    I'm going to say it. I think we are going to see the grat...
  4. Robbing Peter to pay Paul. Given the issues with...

    Robbing Peter to pay Paul. Given the issues with pay, retention and capability - it's difficult to see this Commission not recommending increased defence spending.

    There is a Nordic twist to the...
  5. This is the one point we can all agree on. If...

    This is the one point we can all agree on.

    If a half baked approach is taken to reinvigorating the reserve, I fear extinction is inevitable.

    We've great ideas and I'm sure numerous others...
  6. Quick question. Whilst there are rank bands from...

    Quick question. Whilst there are rank bands from which appointments can be filled at the unit level - are there overall limits within the British Army and the RAMC in particular for the number of...
  7. Very fair point. As you say, those with...

    Very fair point. As you say, those with exceptional knowledge would possibly be able to better utilise their skills outside of a regular company.

    It'll be interesting to see what the Commission...
  8. Completely understandable from both sides. That's...

    Completely understandable from both sides. That's just how the Brits do it though... I'm sure their regular officers and NCOs have a wealth of experience, etc too but it works for them.

    Then...
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    Anyone with access to the full text?

    Anyone with access to the full text?
  10. Agreed with most of the points. I believe rank...

    Agreed with most of the points. I believe rank should be non-negotiable for the FLR of course but I still think their may need to be potential parallel RDF rank.

    Take what I'm familiar with - the...
  11. Nice idea here but are we focusing more on the...

    Nice idea here but are we focusing more on the mechanics of how we deal with the FLR and SLR rather than how it would impact recruiting.

    If a joiner had to commit to five years service in a...
  12. I think you may misunderstand where I'm getting...

    I think you may misunderstand where I'm getting at here. I'm not saying that a reserve unit is more useful in a location because they are specialists. I'm also not doing down the infantry either....
  13. Haha, even better answer. I'd be overage to...

    Haha, even better answer. I'd be overage to rejoin myself.

    Personally I think some form of reset would be useful but maybe not a total one as who would resource restarting the organisation? The...
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    Article mentions discussion with RACO...

    Article mentions discussion with RACO...
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    That's a very spicy article. Review is still...

    That's a very spicy article. Review is still online this morning which is encouraging to see....
  16. I think there is a whole lot of merit in what you...

    I think there is a whole lot of merit in what you are proposing but I'm going to play Devil's Advocate here.

    I'd worry that there would be a large drain of expertise and knowledge from the...
  17. I guess that's what the Commission is come back...

    I guess that's what the Commission is come back with.

    I just hope they actually make some very specific recommendations for the Reserve beyond the broad and bland such as:

    - More interesting...
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    Exactly. You get a new army number.

    Exactly. You get a new army number.
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    I've also noted from others I know that there is...

    I've also noted from others I know that there is a similar issue for those who have left the RDF and moved into the PDF in the same period.
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    I'm not suggesting that's what your opinion of...

    I'm not suggesting that's what your opinion of the RDF was and I indeed read and appreciated your comments on how the AR has been assisting the PDF since the crisis started.

    I've never had to...
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    I can understand your pessimism about the...

    I can understand your pessimism about the possibility of any improvements to PDF pay and conditions being down the line and but I genuinely hope this commission leads to some movement where it's...
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    Better than no broom.

    Better than no broom.
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    Been a great week for the reserve at least on the...

    Been a great week for the reserve at least on the pay front and all credit to RDFRA.

    No mean feat considering that reversing these cuts could easily have been on the back burner considering the...
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    Haha. I'll definitely be spending some of my back...

    Haha. I'll definitely be spending some of my back pay on a few beers (from the off licence for now unfortunately).

    Ah, I just initially crunched the numbers and raised the issue - I'm sure the...
  25. We seem to be going down the well worn path of...

    We seem to be going down the well worn path of identifying the malaise that currently exists and possibly always did exist in the RDF.

    It seems the most agreed on point is that moving to a one...
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