Czech military raises pay of servicemen abroad
Czech soldiers on foreign missions are to be given an extra 900 USD a month on top of their basic pay. The defence minister Vlasta Parkanová made the announcement on Tuesday, adding that this was just a temporary measure until a new rewards system was put in place. The army had been pushing for soldiers on foreign missions to receive such an allowance for some time. Those behind the proposals argued that extra remuneration was needed due to the US dollar’s slump in value against the crown, and because Czech soldiers are finding themselves on increasingly dangerous foreign missions. The average monthly salary of a full-time Czech soldier is around 23,000 CZK (just over 1,400 USD).