NAAFI are slicing ft too thick.
that sell sandwiches, only Naafi make them with the ends of the
Your DO is no mind reader!
ing to make a "protest," one that maybe went wrong on him, but if he himself did not know then (and still does not know!) the reasons why he was leaving the Service, how on earth could he expect his DO to extract them from the depths of his mind through counselling and therefore he in a position to in- fluence his decision? We DOs are not trained psy- chologists, as I am sure Mr.
abilities of lateral thinking and forward planning present in the Fleet Chiefs and Warrant Offi- cers I have had the privilege to know and work with in my 30- year career, the past 14 of which have been as a DO. So what happened here? Perhaps Mr. Howell was try-
I PRESUME that ex-WO(CY) C. J. Howell ("and don't try to stop me" letter, July) was a man who knew his own mind, was not wont to making rash decisions, and before submit- ting his notice had the sense to weigh up all the ramifications of such a large step. I have certainly found the
Howell well knows, for no doubt he, as a WO, was one himself. All we can do is listen and ask questions and then offer advice based on an ap- praisal of what has been said, knowledge of the rules, instinct, the requirements of the Service and our own experiences of life.
fact that what the majority of ex-matelots experience most on leaving the Service is the loss of that unique bond of comrade- ship, friendship and brand of humour that comes from being "all in the same boat."
It is, I believe, a well-known Necessity
I BELIEVE that HM trawler Moonstone, mentioned in the August edition, is the same trawler which acted as liberty boat for a capital ship pre-war. Practically every capital ship
Light on fhe Moonstone
had such a steam vessel for li- berty men. If one of these ships was to pay a visit to a port and anchor off, the trawler would proceed about a fortnight be- fore. I have also seen the Moonstone coaling at the same time as our ship. — C. Cndner. Hartlepool, Cleveland.
stead of feeling sorry for him- self and reflecting on what might have been, joins the local branch of the RNA or British Legion, where, as well as find- ing the company of possibly similarly affected ex-Service- men, he may well find himself doing some good in raising monies for charity. And if there isn't a branch near him, then why should he not start one?
your bed on the other side of the fence — now's the time to lie on it, stand by your deci- sion, get yourself sorted out and stop blaming the system for how you now feel about having exercised your right and left the Service early. — DO. Hong Kong.
So come on. You've made I suggest that Mr. Howell, in-
THE Second Open Engagement was introduced to try to alleviate the short- fall of senior rates in various branches. It is obviously not having the desired effect as there was a 12 per cent increase in premature volun- tary release in 1989. At the moment the only incentive to sign
why senior rates continue in the Service, but it must rate quite highly in a person's mind when considering a further commitment at the 22- year point. What is needed is sufficient incen- tive to persuade a senior rate to sign on for 20E and, once he has signed on, an incentive for him to continue the engagement. If a Chief Petty Officer leaves the Service
after 22 years, he receives a tax-free terminal grant of £16,248. If he signs on for 2OE he gets nothing.
£16,248 invested at only nine per cent would yield £1,462 per annum. Therefore the MOD would have £462 per man per annum to pay for the administration of the scheme. It's possible
LETTERS to the Editor should always be accom- panied by, the crotrespon- dent's name ana address, not necessarily publication.
LETTING CHARGE STILL 'UNJUST
MAY I respond to the MOD reply to my July edition letter on Long Service Advance of Pay? While it is true that you can offset the letting
about the other £957? The other fact to be taken into account is that,
charge imposed by MOD against any profits made from letting your house, it is not true that you get all this back. Based on an outstanding loan of £8,500 and
you incurring a letting charge of £106.25 per month — £ 1,275 per year — you would in fact get approximately £318 back from the taxman. What
unjust charge for those who let their houses through necessity. — CPOWTR (serving abroad).
The answer is for the MOD not to levy this
contrary to popular opinion not everybody makes a huge profit from letting their house, and thus they have very little profit to offset the MOD'S letting charge.
A simple way of providing an incentive to continue in the Service would be for MOD to invest the terminal grant of those who continue past the 22-year point and to pay them a £2,000 tax-free bonus at two-yearly intervals out of the interest. If a person applied for premature vol- untary release then he would lose his next bonus. This scheme would be self-financing as
on for 2OE is an increase in pension of approximately £185 per annum. Financial reward may not be the only reason
WHY NOT SPREAD THE JAM?
tive to sign on for 2OE is an increase in pension of about £185 per annum might be misunder- stood by some. For a Chief Petty Officer that is, of course, the extra pension which would apply for each and every additional year served. Simi- larly the prospective terminal grant would in- crease by £555 for each extra year. While this represents jam tomorrow, when
Your reader's comment that the only incen-
taken with the fact that the whole of the pension is fully index-linked from age 55, it is a very significant benefit in the longer term.
We're wringing in the rain again
YOUR caption to a July edition photograph made fascinating reading — "HMS Liverpool's ship's company parade in pouring rain ..."
to most of us — torrential downpour for divisions/parade/ whatever, and no chance of the captain approving the wearing of assorted Pusser's burbs lest we look like a regiment of flashers!
toons on either side of the Liv- erpool contingent — smart lightweight waterproofs — no ruined best uniform for them!
times! — Commander. MOD, London.
Contrast this with the pla-
Come on Clothing Commit- let's catch up with the
The scene is all too familiar No. 434 36th year
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NAVY NEWS, SEPTEMBER 1990
HOW many crusts in a Naafi loaf of bread? By the number of sandwiches made from crusts, I would say about ten per loaf.
loaf? Could it be as they have a monopoly in RN ships and establishments it's a touch of like it, lump it or go without? — R. Thompson, CPO, HMS Warrior.
will travel REGARDING your story "Air Engineer Rejig" (June), it might interest you to know that the "far reaching changes" were in force in 1948!
Air Mechanic Airframes, a number of us were selected to train in engines, electrics and ordnance. After passing the course, we returned to squad- rons and became proficient in all four trades.
After training initially as an
that the MOD may even make a profit! — G. S. Randal. CPOMEA. HMS Neptune.
that it is incompatible with the way in which resources are made available. Money is voted by Parliament each year to meet the Service pension bill for that year, including the terminal grants of those who actually retire. The vote can be drawn on only as and when entitled payments actually fall due, and the funds can- not be used for any other purpose than meeting those particular commitments. We are, therefore, unable to appropriate
money which was expected to be spent but was not — for example, if at a late stage someone elects to sign on for further service — and divert it in the way suggested.
fund an incentive scheme for the over 40s who stay in — and, of course, we are always looking for fresh ideas to help the retention battle. The problem with this particular suggestion is
On this one MOD commented: This is an interesting and innovative idea to
Most of us went to front line squadrons, in my case 820 squadron flying Fireflys. The idea was that wherever the air- craft went, the crew went too. It made for a terrific esprit de corps.
in 820 would like to get in touch I would be highly delight- ed. — Doug Banks,! 1 Top O' Gorges, Darcy Lever, Bolton, BL2 1PG.
If any old friends who served
Do we need Wrens at sea now?
NOW plans are under way to reduce ship numbers and man- power, would it not be prudent to review the controversial plans to send Wrens to sea?
the scheme was because of manpower shortages. Should the problem now disappear? — R. Henry, Lieut.(SD) (retd.), Heysham, Morecambe, Lanes.
I understand the reason for
Early rise is nothing new
CONCERNING "Early rise chance for GL Lieuts." (August), this scheme is not new.
grant of additional seniority to officers for meritorious war ser- vice. I must declare an interest — I gained six months! — I. G. H. Garnert, Capt.(retd.), Bland- ford Forum, Dorset.
AFO 1027/41 authorised the
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