Pay review for Iraqi army

15 December 2003
US officials in Iraq on 13 December announced that they would review the salaries of officers in the new Iraqi army after some 300 members of the First Regiment, which has about 700 members in total, resigned en masse on 12 December. 'We are working to review the pay scales at this point and I think we will have some decisions in the coming weeks,' said the US commander in charge of operations in Iraq, Ricardo Sanchez. The soldiers resigned after complaining that their salaries, which range from $60-180 a month, were not high enough, and that they should be paid more than local policemen.

According to Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) plans, the Iraqi army will number about 40,000 when complete. The CPA will in late December issue a one-year contract to equip the New Iraqi Army. The contract involves the supply of equipment including vehicles, weapons, communications equipment and equipment for individual soldiers (MEED 12:12:03).

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