Pay rise to purchase

I WELCOME the recent announcement to make home purchase easier for Army families but wonder if this will be matched by a significant rise in pay.  If the rates for Service housing are taken into account when...

Disunited state

NOT having an allowance to cover the cost of flights at half-terms for our sons to visit us in the States is one of the biggest heartbreaks of our current posting.  We rely on friends and family to look afte...

Complaint conundrum

I WAS made redundant in tranche two of the Armed Forces’ redundancy programme – just 87 days short of reaching my 16-year immediate pension point. As a result, I received a remuneration package worth less th...

Positive move

I’D LIKE to put something positive across about the sometimes negative subject of moving when posted. I have just completed a move with my partner, my first away from my home county of Yorkshire. I had heard...

Unfair allowance for families’ capital move

WE ARE a group of wives from a regiment due to move to the London area. While our Welfare Team has been excellent in helping to prepare us, there is one aspect we feel is completely unfair. Now the MOD has r...

Promotion postponement

THE ARMY has a bizarre way of rewarding promotion. My husband was selected for advancement but will have to remain in his current regimental post because his replacement will not be available until the very end...

Dry cleaning discussions

IN MARCH 2012 my husband contacted HMRC in relation to claiming a tax allowance for the cleaning of uniforms. We received a letter which said that discussions were taking place with the MOD regarding laundry fa...

STAR LETTER: Counting the pennies

I REMEMBER reading a letter in the AFF Journal from an Army spouse who highlighted the fact that the chain of command were not taking into account the strain on Army families’ finances when planning events and ...