|Pay scope’s up for submariners
By JOHN KAY
Published: 09 Jan 2008
THE Navy is offering £1,000 “bounties” to tackle a recruiting crisis hitting Britain’s submarine fleet.
The senior service is short of specialist engineers among crews.
The deficit is caused by potential matelots being unwilling to spend months undersea, viewing daylight through periscopes, away from loved ones.
Now top brass are offering people in the Army, RAF, and Navy £1,000 for every submariner they recruit who stays on for at least 18 weeks of training.
They have handed out 20,000 “cash under the sea” credit card-sized bounty cards.
Recruits will be eligible for a £5,000 “golden hello” in “submarine specialist pay”.
They will also qualify for a £5,500 bonus after five years.
Britain has 13 nuclear-powered subs including the state-of-the-art HMS Astute, launched last year.
A Navy spokesman said: “The bounty is one of several ways of attracting the highest quality people.”
Ex-Navy officer Mike Critchley, publisher of Warship World, said: “Living in a pretty small steel tube under the sea with 100 other people is not everyone’s cup of tea.
“I’m sure this scheme will get the men the Navy needs.”