The Cost of a Commando

The MoD publish all the Freedom of Information requests they receive and often they reveal interesting things.

There was a recent request about the capitation rate of a Parachute Regiment soldier and as a follow up, another for a Royal Marine

The capitation rate for a basic Royal Marine Commando for Financial year 2014-2015 will be  £30,510.00 this includes pay, National Insurance and pension contributions. The capitation rate does not include unit costs or career training costs.

What is interesting from these is the different language used in the two responses separated by only a few weeks.

The capitation rate for a member of the Parachute Regiment in Financial Year 2014/15 is £43,168. This includes Pensionable and non-Pensionable Pay, Earnings-Related National Insurance Contributions (ERNIC) and Superannuation Charges Adjusted for Past Experience (SCAPE).

We are in the pre SDSR silly season, expect the usual service centric shenanigans.

Let the games commence.

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Red Trousers
Red Trousers
June 29, 2014 10:29 am

There’s an art to answering FOI questions.

First stop is to understand the questioner, who probably has an agenda. Then you redefine the question to favour the status quo or Government policy. Then you answer it obliquely, with as little granularity as you can get away with. Then you make the answer as collegiate as possible, as that dilutes things.

I once answered an FOI with a short paragraph and a graph which used a logarhythmic scale, but managed to omit admitting that the scale was unusual. Never heard anything back.

The answer was true, but completely irrelevant to the point the original question was aimed at.

June 29, 2014 10:39 am

Does that include the additional costs resulting from RM getting issued matts, sleeping, 2x ea and not 1x ea?

June 29, 2014 1:52 pm

“We are in the pre SDSR silly season, expect the usual service centric shenanigans.”

That is shockingly cynical but utterly brilliant. It’s almost as if all sorts of missives are being penned at this very moment prior to despatch to the Daily Telegraph.