28 Nov. 2009
PR# 2009-xxx

Afghan National Security Forces announce pay increases

KABUL- Afghan Ministries of the Interior and Defense introduced a set of quality of life pay raises and benefits implemented for members of the Afghan National Security Forces.

Minister of the Interior H.E. Mohammad Hanif Atmar announced a salary increase of $45 a month for all police. This same increase also applies to soldiers of the Afghan National Army.

The ANP will begin receiving longevity pay, which means service tenure will allow for salary increases throughout a police officer's career. The pay increase also includes provisions for combat pay in high-threat and medium-threat areas of the country, plus special pay for commandos, as well as Border Police, and Afghan National Civil Order Police.

Atmar discussed growth of the Police and the progress the force has made, "We have an Afghanistan that will be able to defend itself with its own national security forces."

MoI and MoD have growth-projection goals of 134,000 soldiers by fall of 2010 and 96,800 Police by December 2009. The pay and benefit increases are expected to help achieve the goals of recruiting qualified candidates, while retaining career-track police officers and soldiers.

"This will help improve recruiting, increase retention of those professionals in the force today, and it will also help reduce attrition," said Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell, IV Commander NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan.

The pay chart includes adjustments for all uniformed ANA and ANP ranks from 2nd patrolman/soldier to general. For example under the new pay scale the monthly base salary for a new police officer or soldier starts at 8,250 Afghanis-or about $165 U.S.

Minister of the Interior H.E. Mohammad Hanif Atmar announced a salary increase of $45 a month for all police. This same increase also applies to soldiers of the Afghan National Army.

The ANP will begin receiving longevity pay, which means service tenure will allow for salary increases throughout a police officer's career. The pay increase also includes provisions for combat pay in high-threat and medium-threat areas of the country, plus special pay for commandos, as well as Border Police, and Afghan National Civil Order Police.

Atmar discussed growth of the Police and the progress the force has made, "We have an Afghanistan that will be able to defend itself with its own national security forces."

MoI and MoD have growth-projection goals of 134,000 soldiers by fall of 2010 and 96,800 Police by December 2009. The pay and benefit increases are expected to help achieve the goals of recruiting qualified candidates, while retaining career-track police officers and soldiers.

"This will help improve recruiting, increase retention of those professionals in the force today, and it will also help reduce attrition," said Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell, IV Commander NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan.

The pay chart includes adjustments for all uniformed ANA and ANP ranks from 2nd patrolman/soldier to general. For example under the new pay scale the monthly base salary for a new police officer or soldier starts at 8,250 Afghanis-or about $165 U.S.

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