Royal Navy and Royal Marines Pay
The level of pay paid to Naval personnel is based on their specialisation, rank and length of service. Some can also receive additional pay for skills such as flying or diving.
Remember that the Navy employs the Serviceman or woman, not their partners or spouses, so pay slips will not be sent to partners/spouses nor will details of personal pay or allowances be given to anyone other than the Service person. However, anyone can ask to see the general pay and allowances rates.
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Joint Personnel Administration
Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) is a revolutionary IT application for personnel pay & administration which will improve current working practices by introducing new modern administrative processes. At the centre of JPA is a commercial off-the-shelf package, which will contain just one set of the data on personnel administration for all the Services.
Service personnel (via a web-based communications infrastructure) will be able to access JPA, which is being developed by the Defence Information Infrastructure (DII) programme. DII will host many different software applications, of which JPA is one.
Supporting the JPA programme is a large AFPAA-JPA team, which is wholly dedicated to the effective operation, communication and implementation. Those responsible for the overall JPA Programme include:
- The Ministry of Defence (MOD)
- The Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency (AFPAA)
- The AFPAA-JPA Team
- The Defence Information Infrastructure (DII) programme
- The Single Services
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Stoppages from Pay
If you live in Service Family Accommodation (Naval Family Quarter) you will be charged for rent and Council Tax that will be deducted from the salary of the serving person. Changes to the cost of quarters and garages are usually announced at the same time as changes in military salaries. In general wherever you are in the world you will pay the same for a similar type of quarter, except for different grading within actual house types. Service personnel are also liable for income tax, even when serving overseas, and tax returns should always be completed and returned promptly to the tax authority. Service personnel also pay National Insurance contributions and are therefore entitled to all relevant benefits such as Child Benefit.
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Allowances are not designed for profit or as 'perks', nor are they to increase pay by 'other' means but are to make sure that Service personnel get extra money, which their salary doesn't cover, if special circumstances demand it. There are three types:
- Compensation - for some financial disadvantage.
- Reimbursement - of additional expenses because of duty.
- Retention - to acknowledge particular or difficult conditions of service (which cannot be recognised by other pay or X-factor).
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There are 2 Armed Forces Pension Schemes (AFPS). Under the old scheme, AFPS 75, Officers qualify for a pension on leaving the RN/RM when they attain age 38 or complete 16 years service from age 21, whichever is later and RN Ratings and Royal Marines qualify having completed a minimum of 22 years service from age 18. On award of pension individuals may receive a terminal grant. All personnel entering the Service from 1 Apr 05 joined the new scheme, AFPS 05, as did some personnel who chose to transfer from AFPS 75. Under this scheme, all personnel qualify for a pension on leaving the RN/RM after 18 years Service. Since almost all Service personnel are members of the Armed Forces Pension Schemes they are contracted out of the State Earnings Related Pension Scheme (SERPS); however, this does not affect your eventual entitlement to the basic old age pension.
If you joined the Service prior to 6 April 2005 and DID NOT transfer pension schemes you are likely to be on the AFPS 75 scheme
More Information: AFPS 75
If you joined the Service on or after 6 April 2005 or DID transfer pension schemes you are likely to be on the AFPS 05 scheme
More Information: AFPS 05
More Information: Further information and related websites on Armed Forces Pensions
Armed Forces Pension Scheme Calculator
The Armed Forces Pensions Calculator was originally designed to assist all those who are eligible for the Offer to Transfer (OTT) from Armed Forces Pension Scheme 1975 (AFPS 75) to Armed Forces Pension Scheme 2005 (AFPS 05). By following a series of questions, and using drop-down menus, the calculator will provide you with a guide to the benefits that may be available under AFPS 75 and AFPS 05 based on different views of your future rank and leaving date.
Web site: Armed Forces Pensions Calculator
Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS)
The AFCS provides compensation where service is the only or the main cause of an injury, illness or death. In certain circumstances, the AFCS will pay compensation for an injury made worse by service. The level of the awards is based on a tariff (found in JSP 765) which lists the injuries for which compensation may be paid. As compensation for pain and suffering, the AFCS makes a lump sum payment for significant qualifying injuries and illnesses caused mainly by service. It is taxable when awarded for in-service claims and tax-free when awarded post-service. For more serious illnesses and injuries a Guaranteed Income Payment (GIP) may be awarded. The GIP will be awarded from the day after discharge, is normally paid monthly and is a tax-free payment.
Web site: Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
Leave & Travel
There are many forms of leave, some of which may be familiar to you some of which may not be. All leave is subject to the requirements of the Service and it may be necessary for leave to be postponed, stopped or for personnel already on leave to be recalled. In these circumstances the reason why will be explained to the individual concerned. This section is aimed at informing you of some of the lesser known leave and travel procedures. For any further queries regarding the rules of leave and travel, Service Personnel are advised to visit their Unit Personnel Office or Ship's Office onboard.
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