British soldiers paid less than traffic wardens.
General Sir Richard Dannatt, the Chief of the General Staff, compared the pay of servicemen and women with traffic wardens and said he would like to see above-inflation rises for troops. His remarks come after an Army briefing paper last month that warned that increasing numbers of soldiers were being forced to leave the service because they could not afford to bring up a family.
Gen Dannatt said: "See how much a traffic warden is paid and compare that against what a private soldier gets paid."
The basic salary for soldiers is pounds 12,572 and, according to one newspaper, a traffic warden's basic wage is pounds 17,000.