I have just returned from a weekendâ€™s training and had my first experience of pay as you dine. I have been in the RNR a while and until now have never had to pay food charges. The regularâ€™s get their annual increments, pensions, rail cards and a whole host of other benefits. As reservists we get a tax free bounty (for which I am extremely grateful) and until now free food. The cost for the standard payd menu was Â£4.00 per day. Whilst this may not sound a lot, that is a cost that was not previously paid and is taken from post tax income. For an AB on around Â£40 per day thatâ€™s the equivalent of a 12.5% pay cut. Or put it another way, on a 12 day course it means now giving up 1.5 days pay to cover food that was previously given for free. The government even charges VAT on the payd charges. Last year the Â£3.25 TEA went, this year free food. I wonder what is next? Is this the diabolical liberty it first seems or are others more relaxed about it?