Col Stuart Tootal
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MoD pay plans 'will damage Paras' morale'

Thousands of members of the Parachute Regiment could lose the right to special payments for their parachuting skills, under MoD cost-cutting plans.

The Army could cut the number of those fully trained to parachute in 16 Air Assault Brigade - who include cooks and quartermasters - lowering the number who qualify for the £180-a-month bonus.

The move would involve a 10% pay cut for the lowest-paid privates.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Col Stuart Tootal, a former commander of 3 Para, warned that the move would affect thousands of personnel and have "a dramatic impact on morale".

  • 26 May 2011
  • From the section UK
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