Following representations by the military authorities, the States’ Defence Committee have agreed that Militiamen are entitled to claim separation allowances in addition to their daily pay when on duty. The new allowances permit all married NCOs and men below the rank of sergeant to claim four pence per day for their wife and two pence per day for each child under 14-years-old.
The Militia has remained fully mobilised since the end of July, causing considerable disruption and a loss of earnings for the men affected. Calling out the Militia Reserves in early August has helped matters, with a roster system now in place to reduce the amount of time that each man has to spend on duty. Nevertheless, there was a strong feeling among the ranks that allowances in place for regular full-time soldiers should also be available to the part-time Militiamen.
To help offset the additional costs arising as a result of the decision, there is a proposal to withdraw travelling allowances for officers in the island. The short distances involved cannot justify such payments.