Payment of operational allowances extended to Libyan operations

Service personnel on operations in Libyan airspace and territorial waters as part of the ongoing campaign to protect civilians under UNSCR 1973 will receive the Operational Allowance, the Defence Secretary announced today.

Secretary of State for Defence, Dr Liam Fox MP, said:

"It is important that we recognise and reward those service personnel who are engaged in the very highest areas of conflict.

"Eligibility for the Operational Allowance reflects the rigour and risk of the operation in question and I am delighted that we can now extend these payments and recognise more of our brave servicemen and women in this way."

The Ministry of Defence conducts a review of the locations eligible for OA on a six monthly basis – the most recent of which led to today’s extension. The Operational Allowance is already paid to all Service personnel serving in Afghanistan on Operation HERRICK.

The move means that all servicemen and women deployed within the geographical confines of Libya on Operation ELLAMY will now receive the allowance which is based on an assessment of the risk and rigour of the operating environment.

Pilots and aircrew operating over the Libyan landmass and the crew of ships and submarines operating within 12 nm of the coast will receive the allowance for each day that they are serving in these specific areas. The payments will be backdated from 18 March this year when the United Nations resolution justifying military action was signed.

Having been doubled by the Government last year, the tax free Operational Allowance now stands at £29.02 per day.