A little poem to go with this page.

AND DO YOU THINK THAT THE ANAGRAM  FOR THE STATEMENT "THE SERVICEMANS PAY" BEST SAID WHAT WE USED TO THINK WHEN WE QUEUED IN LINE TO DOFF OUR CAPS AT THE PAY TABLE, NAMELY
PRAISE MY CASH EVENT?

The static matrix below [there is another matrix below it] shows the many titles and subjects of Royal Naval pay which HMS CENTURION developed at the end of the 1960's, at a time when pay was computerised for the first time.

If you can remember your RANK or RATING, your dates of service, branch and speciality, and if married, your family details for MA/ BSA/ FAMILY LOA etc, you can work out your Naval earnings and have fun comparing them with your pre and post Naval Service earnings. {The hieroglyphics in each box is HMS Centurion's computer recognition key}

Attaches
Allowance
AALL
Accompanist
Pay
ACP
Lodging & Ratio
Allowance
LODG/AMA
Responsibility Pay
Command Money
AR
Extra Pay
Porton/Cambridge
CDEE
ROYAL NAVY

PAY

AND

ALLOWANCES

 

USED AT VARIOUS STAGES DURING THE PERIOD 1950 TO 1985.

Look below to the CLICKABLE MATRIX to look at each separate PAY AWARD

Remember the BACK button for navigation!

USE this link to compare your money with that of other years

http://eh.net/hmit/ppowerbp/

 

Child Education
Allowance
CEA
Cost of
Living Safeguard
CLS
Child Maintenance
Allowances
CMA
Committal
Bonus
COMM
Consultant
Pay
CONP
Convertible Travel
Refunds
CONV
Disturbance
Allowance
DA
Diploma
Pay
DIP
Dip
Money
DP
Entertaining
Allowance
EA
Flying Extra
Pay
FEP
Free Fuel
Allowance
FFA
Family Maintenance
Grant
FMG
Hard Lying
Money
HLM
Home to Duty
Travel Allowance
HTD
Instructor Pay
INST
Instructor Officers Assistants Pay
IOAP
Kit Upkeep Allowance
KUA
Language Awards
LANG
Local Overseas Allowance
LOA
Ration Allowance
RA
 
London Allowance
LOND
Loan Service Pay
LOSP
Long Service Advance of Pay - House Purchase
LSAP
Length of Service Pay
LSP
Master-at-Arms Pay
MAP
Missed Meals Payment
MMP
Meals Out Allowance
MOA
Northern Ireland Additional Pay
NIAP
Overseas Family Allowance
OFA
Outfit Gratuities
OG
Overseas Rental Allowance
ORA
Basic Pay
PAY
Part Time Service Instructor Pay
PTSI
Pay for Work Under Unpleasant Conditions
PWUC
Removal Expenses
RE
Re-Engaging Grants and Gratuities
RENG
Salvage Awards
SALV
Service Gratuity
SGAT
Shorthand Typist Pay
SHP
Settling In Advance
SIA
Special Messing Allowance
SMA
Senior Specialist Pay
SNSP
Separation Pay
SP
Specialist Pay General
SPEC
Specialist Pay - Diving
SSD
Specialist Pay - Submarine Escape
SSES
Specialist Pay - Flying
SSF
Specialist Pay - Flying Training
SSFT
Specialist Pay - Hydrographic
SSHY
Specialist Pay - Parachute
SSPP
Specialist Pay - Parachute Training
SSPT
Specialist Pay - Submarine
SSSM
Shorthand Writers Pay
SWP
Service Travelling Expenses or Subsistence allowance
TE
 
Table Money
TM
Uniform Grant
UG
Uniform Upkeep Allowance
UUA
Supplemental Pay
332
Interpreter Pay
389
Permanent Commission Grant
452
Special Bounties - SL Officers
456
DNEdS Examination Fees
490
Fees for Setting and Marking Examination Papers
502
Pilotage Fees
516
Tuition Allowance
688
LS & GC Gratuity
842
Marriage Allowance
{Last used in the 1960's} before computerisation
table 1 [Excel] - if you have Excel on your machine and you are au fait with its use, choose this method for calculating your pay - click on the GREEN X to make it interactive. table 2 [Word] - this method gives you a TABLE covering 2 years which you can print and then complete. Badge Money
{Last used in the 1960's} before computerisation
Service Gratuities
846
Short Service Gratuity
848

 

Each year box is associated with a  PDF File which contains the published pay award for that year {and sometimes additional data}, but before you start to choose your years of interest please read the left-to-right moving file below.  When the YEAR is expressed on its own e.g. 1960, the file therein is the detail complete, but where a YEAR has figure suffixes, No 1 is the REPORT, No 2 is the Pay Rise whilst other suffixes show Doctors and Dentists Pay plus peripherals. If there is no report, then No 1 is the Pay Rise proper. The contents of the PDF Files reveal not only figures, but a social history of what was happening in the UK vis-a-vis what was happening in the Royal Navy, and believe me, it is fascinating - it is a lesson in Naval history and it will bring back many memories of those times now well over 50 years ago. In most cases. I have used COMMAND PAPERS {see below} for the data and when not available, Appendices to the Navy List. If you have a machine whose operating system [OS] is either Windows 2000 or Windows XP, remember that you can download for free ADOBE READER 7.0. Adobe Reader 7.0 will give better results on this page than would, say, 6.0 or earlier versions.  Regrettably, 7.0 does not work with other versions of Windows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Text Box: Command Papers
Command Papers are Parliamentary Papers which derive their name from the fact they are presented to the United Kingdom Parliament nominally by "Command of Her Majesty", but in practice generally by a Government Minister. Apart from a few exceptions they are published in a numbered series. The current series uses the prefix Cm.
Command Papers are papers of interest to Parliament where presentation to Parliament is not required by statute. The subjects may be major policy proposals (White Papers) and consultation documents (Green Papers), diplomatic documents such as treaties, Armed Forces pay and conditions of Service, Government responses to Select Committee reports, reports of major committees of inquiry or certain departmental reports or reviews.
 
 

F I L E This FILE gives an overall picture of the policy of pay rises. Please use the BOOKMARKS in PDF Files Tip. If a PDF box, close it with its own associated closing 'X' {top right} but if it is a non-PDF box, close it with the 'BACK' button top left on your browser.

For those of you who are viewing out of interest and are too young to have been a beneficiary of the pay shown in these PDF Files, I ask you not to assume the stance that "all things are relative" because they are not, at least in this case. Relativity works only on like-for-like comparisons, where for example low pay matched low house prices and other domestic costs/charges whereas high wages match high house prices etc. Today we are given to understand that the average household spends more that it earns, and the nation carries a debt which is so enormous that the 21st century debt is unsustainable.  Some, as we know, have mortgaged themselves for thirty and forty years hence, and that, assuming that both the husband and the wife will work full time until the debt, borrowed on the strength of two to three times joint earnings, is paid off, if it ever is? In the times covered by these earlier figures there were no credit cards; few below senior officers owned their own home; few went out for dinner because there was little money, few restaurants, and everything shut at 5pm daily and all day on Sundays; few had bank accounts and therefore loans  overdrafts and mortgages were not easy way-outs; few owned cars or had holidays.  Ones pay was ones income and one had to manage on it. Today, ones pay is added to, albeit irresponsibly, by using credit and loans, so the idea of saving for something is alien.  Now, every household, even when owned by young people is full of everything from cars gadgets  furniture, plus expensive holidays, and all bought on credit.   Thus, when you see that a sailor got just a few pounds to live on, that was it, so no amount of up'ing the amount by years of inflation to get to today's equivalent pay rates, can give a fair picture of the fortunes of the 1950 sailors vis-a-vis the sailors of today. The cheap house of the 1950's was unobtainable because mortgages could not be obtained and deposits could not be borrowed except from parents or parents-in-law.  Expensive homes today are relatively easy to get if one mortgages oneself up to the hilt to such a degree that one might die in debt leaving an awesome burden on those left behind.  REAL Pay therefore is RELATIVE, but the debt-laden SECOND borrowed income is certainly not and it is this latter way of doing things that creates a false picture of prosperity leading to a standard of living [or possession owning] that was only a pipe-dream to a royal sailor of 50 years ago. In 1953 very few homes had a television set or a telephone.

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Godfrey Dykes