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SIX former Armed Forces chiefs are today calling on George Osborne to reverse his "unjust" pay cut for Britain’s war-weary troops in next week’s Budget.

Writing an open letter in The Sun, the top brass say the Chancellor’s one per cent cap on wage rises, effectively a cut with inflation taken into account, will shatter the already fragile morale of Our Boys and Girls.

They say our war zone heroes are being treated shamefully — especially compared to Brits on benefits.

In the letter to the Chancellor, the six ex-forces chiefs say his one per cent pay cap for troops is "particularly inappropriate" at a time when welfare payouts are rising by 5.2 per cent.

They insist lumping troops in with other state workers facing the cap is wrong when thousands are facing mortal danger on Afghanistan’s front line. And they are urging Mr Osborne to exempt the soldiers in next week’s Budget.

The six are former Chiefs of the Defence Staff Lord Guthrie, Lord Boyce and Lord Craig, legendary ex-Army boss Lord Dannatt, ex-First Sea Lord Lord West and former RAF chief Sir Peter Squire.

The powerful broadside from such a renowned group is the most high-level and outspoken attack yet on the Government’s handling of the military.

Suffering It came a week after six soldiers were killed by a Taliban bomb in the worst loss of life for British forces in a ground attack since the Afghan conflict began.

Lord Guthrie told The Sun last night that the "suffering" of our troops had not been recognised by Mr Osborne. He added: "He is treating them like all the rest. They aren’t. They are special and should be treated like that."

Mr Osborne announced the controversial pay cap — on all public sector salary increases between 2013 and 2015 — in his Autumn Statement last November.

It came on top of a freeze on all military salaries over £21,000 in 2012/13.

Analysis of MoD data by The Sun shows it would cost the Chancellor a relatively modest £231million to dump the cap for troops.

Last night the Treasury said it had already doubled an operational allowance and reduced council tax bills for troops in danger zones.

The cap will also not stop servicemen and women progressing into higher pay bands through length of service.

A new Army private is paid just £17,265 a year, more than £8,000 below the average national wage.

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All those British servicemen and Women in Afghanistan, around the world and at home must be thinking who hell is running the nation seems they are "stabbing them in the back" and rather give aid  to other nations and illegal immigrants.  

Stuff the aid donations look after the British Service Personnel and start being more serous about defence and security of the nation.  Get some backbone and stop the MOD pay cuts!

Secondly, give all the servicemen and women and ex-veterans a National Defence Medal.

Also Veterans aid tax scheme to help them and their families. Its the British Government that should be  giving more help to the British Veterans and their families not just the charities.

Thirdly, open up the military convent and follow its recommendations such as more support!

Lest We Forget  

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Secondly, give all the servicemen and women and ex-veterans a National Defence Medal.

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Like this one? This is the New Zealand Defence Medal, awards of which commenced last year to anyone who served three years or more since the end of WW2.

This is mine!

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Two years for National Servicemen & Women who were conscripted and their partner or next of  kin are able to collected on their behalf if deceased.

 

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"He is treating them like all the rest. They aren’t. They are special and should be treated like that."


It really offends me that serving military are classed as standard, common or garden public sectors workers, there are not many council workers who might be killed or have their leg blown off during a normal working day.
 

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