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Royal Navy Seaman

I was P - joined in 67 - and it’s painted on the bottom of my kitbag which I still have - just checked my old documents and it was D from about 71 and I acquired the suffix of S - presumably for seaman.
i too always thought the prefix denoted your “home port” and I was always a Pompey rating
 

Rumrat

War Hero
I joined in Oct 63 D077_ _ _ A, and i have just checked my very last pay chit dated Dec 74 so mine stayed the same. Quite surprised to see how much the rate of pay for the day was, £5.72.
When you say rate of pay for the day you obviously mean "fortnightly rate as it was £6.00 a fortnight in 65 when I joined.
Had the "daily" rate been £5.72 which equates to £80.08 a fortnight, I should have lived frugally for a few months, saved every penny I could, and eventually would have had enough to purchase HMS Sheffield which at the time was doing nothing but swinging around a buoy in Pompey.
I would then have attacked the Isle of Wight ferry and plundered it before striking again at Torpoint
Perhaps a Naval Gunfire support exercise on Gosport would have been pleasant on the way past
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
When you say rate of pay for the day you obviously mean "fortnightly rate as it was £6.00 a fortnight in 65 when I joined.
Had the "daily" rate been £5.72 which equates to £80.08 a fortnight, I should have lived frugally for a few months, saved every penny I could, and eventually would have had enough to purchase HMS Sheffield which at the time was doing nothing but swinging around a buoy in Pompey.
I would then have attacked the Isle of Wight ferry and plundered it before striking again at Torpoint
Perhaps a Naval Gunfire support exercise on Gosport would have been pleasant on the way past

Ties in with me joining in 1960 was on £4.10.00 a fortnight in old money, JRO. Served until 1970 and kept the same P054*** all the way through.
 

slim

War Hero
I joined in 63 and my fortnightly pay was £14. Considering that as a civie I was taking home £5 and having to give me mum some for food and lodgings.
Did you join as a junior Rummers?
If so some of your pay was held back for you until you went on leave.
If you were not a junior then I suggest you start a case against the RN stating that you were paid Slave rates and slavery had been abolished yonks ago :)
 

Rumrat

War Hero
I'd be careful there slim as janner was on £4 a fortnight in 60 and I can't see pusser giving out no £5 a week pay rise in three years. I was definitely on £6 a fortnight in 65 with 3 blue liner stamps every 4th week. I was a junior seaman 2nd class.
When the military salary was launched in April '70 for married men pay was only £9 a week for able rates.
In April 71 when single men achieved parity all able rates went to about £20 a week.
I got married in Aug 70 as the pay rise was more than I could have saved by waiting until 71

I won't tell the pay office as scribes is a tawt.
 

slim

War Hero
I'd be careful there slim as janner was on £4 a fortnight in 60 and I can't see pusser giving out no £5 a week pay rise in three years. I was definitely on £6 a fortnight in 65 with 3 blue liner stamps every 4th week. I was a junior seaman 2nd class.
When the military salary was launched in April '70 for married men pay was only £9 a week for able rates.
In April 71 when single men achieved parity all able rates went to about £20 a week.
I got married in Aug 70 as the pay rise was more than I could have saved by waiting until 71

I won't tell the pay office as scribes is a tawt.
Rummer I remember the military salary coming in.
I was a married man and suddenly my salary increased dramatically.
As a killick I became a £1000 a year man £20 a week it was fantastic.
 

Rumrat

War Hero
Rummer I remember the military salary coming in.
I was a married man and suddenly my salary increased dramatically.
As a killick I became a £1000 a year man £20 a week it was fantastic.
I went from £9 To £20. Happy days. I got a mortgage within 2 months although I think my bank manager suspected I was a drug dealer. My first wife was a musician with the women's royal army corps staff band stationed at Guilford. Between us we were nigh on wealthy.
Talking of which a dit springs to mind.
In 1970 the women's royal army corps uniform was exactly the same as a female police constables stand fast colour and badges.
My first wife and her family were massive West Bromwich fans.
So match being played evening one friday and I arrange to meet her after the game as I was coming on leave on the Friday.
Jumps bus from New Street a tad late but gets there within 15 minutes of game finishing around 9ish.
It's dark.
Gets off bus spots each other quick sprint and straight into a massive snog. she falls back and I go down ontop.
I'm in civvies by the way.
Next thing I know I'm being pulled backwards and getting the holy crap beat out of me as the not too bright local constabulary and friends think I've attacked her.
A week later the chief constable sends me an invite to a guided tour of the new police station.
No thanks mate I'd seen the inside of more nicks than you have:oops:
 

RJB63

Midshipman
I left the mob on Dec 4th 74, i am now looking at my Nov pay statement. Pay from 1/11 to 30/11 daily rate was £5.72 equals £170.60 plus CLS( cannot remember what that stood for)£3.20 per week then it was raise to £4.40 .HLM 17p per day, KUA £2.44 a month, plus credit brought forward making a total £253.86. Taking all my deductions away i.e Tax, GPC, MA,NI, I have ended up with at a total £67.69 to last me for the whole month. Sorry for being so long winded. To cap it all off, i joined Hampshire Fire Brigade Dec 29th 74, taking a pay cut.
 
Fireman eh? Then your outfit went on strike a couple of years later - Uniformed Services + Green Goddesses took up the slack & the Firemen walked back to work nine weeks later with big licks.

Christmas 1977 wrecked - Cheers, dits.
 
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