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    (Original post by Tommmo)
    Sadly Daily Food Charge is pretty much a thing of the past.

    Most messes these days are on Pay As You Dine and it's about £1.20 for breakfast, £2 for lunch and £2.50 for dinner.
    Accommodation generally costs £50-120 a month depending on what grade your accom is.

    As for saving money in the forces, as ProStacker says it's easy if you're good with money, but even easier to spend if you're not.
    If you eat 3 core meals a day (at £1.24, £1.46 and £1.86 respectively) it will cost you £4.56. Which is close enough to 'about £4.50 per day' for me not to worry. I didn't want to start confusing people who thought they got fed for free with the details of PAYD.
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    Interesting, lot's of neg's for my comment yet no reason why.

    Truth hurt?
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    (Original post by Hal.E.Lujah)
    What on earth are you on about? Military training is considered one of the most valuable assets in almost any career imaginable.
    Are you serious?

    You'll have to have a word with one of my seven (Yes, SEVEN) ex-army friends who have all struggled to find jobs after their ever so amazing military training.
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    (Original post by A5ko)
    Are you serious?

    You'll have to have a word with one of my seven (Yes, SEVEN) ex-army friends who have all struggled to find jobs after their ever so amazing military training.
    A5ko,

    Whatever disdain you may have for military training, please don't swing it about in here where people are trying to get useful information about joining up.

    Thank you.
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    A5 mate - you have an opinion based on your experience (I'm guessing your friends, rather than personal military service?)

    I can immediately counter that with personal experience after 30+ years in the military. As my former base was closed down in the last SDSR (defence review) a lot of friends and colleagues have also found themselves back in civvy street looking for a new career.

    I can tell you that every single one has found a well paid, meaningful job as a result of their skills, knowledge, experience, confidence, demeanour, attitude and strength of character. All of these have been nurtured and developed as a result of military service.

    It is true, and I acknowledge, that finding the right job is not easy for everyone. Perversely, one of the best perks about a military career is the resettlement training offered known as the Career Transition Programme. I know of no civvy organisation that will provide you with in house courses on job hunting, house hunting, money management, CV writing, interview techniques etc etc together with external vocational courses and grants for educational courses. There is also plenty of literature and advice on who can help inc all the service charities.

    What an individual does with the training and advice is up to them. You can lead a horse to water etc

    I also acknowledge that in a decade where every branch of the military has been heavily committed to Operations, there are going to issues with making a smooth transition from a fighting role to a peaceful civvy job.That is an area where extra resources need to be applied.

    However, buddy, it is unfair to generalise the problems your friends have had and apply them across the board. There are many benefits to a career in the military, not least that it will make you a better, more rounded person. One who will stand out in the crowd and who will bring much to the table of a prospective employer.

    Back to the thread - yes you can save money. You can also pee it against the porcelain, have a good time with fast cars, fast women / men and live for the present rather than look to the future. Your choice!
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    It's no different to being a civvy. If you can save money as a civvy, you'll be able to save money as a soldier. However, if you are always broke as a civvy, chances are you'll always be broke as a soldier. The only way out of this is to take up a corps trade in the RLC or REME and possibly get deployed continuously. This can result in holidays to Vegas and £300/hour hookers when you get back, though.
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    Haha I rest my case Clip! Sounds like you had a good time

    I hope that people haven't become too accustomed to big tour 'bonuses' - it's all going to be a lot different when we pull out next year. The only people rubbing their hands are the Treasury who no doubt will be looking for a post Afghanistan dividend!
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    You misunderstand. I have no disdain for military training or the military in general, whilst soldiers are in their employ.

    I have a problem with how ex-army are often treated once they have left. This so called nurturing and training has done nothing for 100% of the friends I know in the army. I find it hard to believe it's as great as a couple of you make out, when 7 people all from various parts of the army (so I am told), all have the same issue with work and attitude towards them.
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    A5 I do understand, and I think you have a valid point, indeed a very important point that deserves exploring in a thread of its own.

    The OP was asking about saving money in the military. I think that has been well and truly answered. You have a related, but much wider issue.

    Without knowing individual circumstances, it's impossible to comment on what may well be a big problem with the resettlement of 'fighting' personnel ie predominantly Army / RM. I'm sure the problem is recognised but trying to get the Govt to throw resources at it is a bigger issue.

    Thoroughly recommend you start a new thread - something like 'Life after the military?'

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    (Original post by A5ko)
    Are you serious?

    You'll have to have a word with one of my seven (Yes, SEVEN) ex-army friends who have all struggled to find jobs after their ever so amazing military training.


    To be honest, if all seven of them are struggling to find jobs with that kind of background then the problem is with them, not the credentials. I know five direct family members who have all gotten jobs straight out of military service, and at least 20 other friends on facebook who have done the same.

    The military training offered, aside from the physical fitness, includes the ability to handle an abundance of stress, effective multi tasking, excellent team working and leading, a vast understanding of numerous specialist jobs, a structured life style, etc etc etc.

    Let's not even get started on the prestige effect it has. It lets anyone stand out from the crowd as someone willing to really find their limits and work hard.

    I'm just going to go and call a Karl Pilkinton on what you've just said. If anyone comes out of the military and can't find a job after the extensive training and opportunities offered, then they're just doing it wrong and have only themselves to blame.
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    It does depend a bit on what they did. If you've spent a couple of years as a lowest of the low grunt and come out early then Army Basic isn't going to stand out on a CV and nor are you likely to have done much post-Basic training development and growth. At that point your training won't stand you out among the crowd of unemployed.

    I have to admit that after my time in the RAF I'm finding it hard to find a job, though this has everything to do with the fact I haven't got a clue what I want to do rather than a belief that my time in the RAF is holding me back.
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    Since this topic is about saving money in the military I am happy to announce that I'we just spent £800 on a new laptop, thanks.
 
 
 
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