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Old 11th Aug 2022, 23:10
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I worked as a builder’s labourer before joining the RAF as a direct entry officer, for a permanent commission.

I had to take a big pay cut for the privilege; my recollection is close to 50%. After the firemen’s strike in 1977 the powers that were instigated an inquiry into service pay. I was one of those chosen to take part and I had to log everything I spent for a few months. It proved that junior officers had no option but to live on the breadline. Mess subscriptions took away a a lot of what little income we earned but we had no option but to pay them.

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