slim said:Income tax was and still is paid by all service personnel at the same rates as anyone in the UK. An anomaly was though that even when ships deployed for two year commissions Jack still paid income tax. any civilian would have been able to claim it back. 22 years mans time was always the minimum service to qualify for a pension on the lower deck. I believe that Officers qualified after 18 years but for them mans time did not start until age 21.
Interesting anomaly. I suppose the MOD might be trying to claim that the "apprenticeship" period (under training/gaining experience) does not count as service. Some interesting questions arise to which I'd welcome answers:-
1) Were ratings who joined at 18 and completed 12 years from that age entitled to a pension, despite having spent time under training?
2) When ratings who had joined at 15 went to sea, presumably their work was less onerous to take account of their age? If so, what proportion of a man's workload did it officially constitute?
3) If over 18s were granted a pension after 12 years, why are those who joined as Juniors not entitled to a proportion of their pension per the proportion of man's time they officially worked?
4) Did a similar system exist for civillian apprentices ashore?
5) Is this pensions anomaly materially identical across all three services?