Representatives of Defence Force members have been urged to take an in-depth look at today's package of measures to improve take-home pay.

The call was made by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister of State at the Department of Defence Paul Kehoe.

A report compiled by the Public Service Pay Commission has recommended an increase in the Military Service Allowance of 10%. This has been accepted by Government.

The move could boost the pay of the vast majority of personnel by between €602 and €675 per annum.

Sunday premium rates would return and the 10% cut to allowances under the Haddington Road Agreement would be restored.

This includes Security Duty, Patrol Duty Allowance for sailors, the Army Ranger Wing Allowance, Explosive Ordnance Duty, and tax free Overseas Allowances of up to €20,400 for officers serving a six month tour of armed duty.

Minister Kehoe said he had got his "ass kicked" over these allowances and he was glad they were being restored.

The returning incentive scheme to address pilot retention issues in the Air Corps is set to be quickly implemented.

While the precise details of a new scheme will have to be agreed, the previous one provided for annual payments of €18,000 for a majority of pilots.

The Government will now carry out a review into pay structures in the organisation.

A review of technical pay which will affect 2,500 specialists in the organisation such as mechanics, chefs, engineers and technicians will also be carried out.

Separately, there will be a review of retirement ages with a view to incentivised longer service schemes for certain NCO and officer ranks. 

This afternoon, a detailed action plan which will set out clear timelines as to how the report will be implemented, will be announced.

In September, Defence Forces personnel will receive pay restoration of 1.75%.

As a result of today's report starting pay for 3-star privates will increase to €28,110, a school leaver who is commissioned as an officer will start on €35,000 and a newly commissioned officer who entered as a graduate will earn a salary in excess of €41,000.

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Meanwhile, organisations representing members of the Defence Forces say the report does not do enough to solve the retention crisis in the forces and a lot more work needs to be done.

Commandant Conor King, General Secretary of the Representative Association of Commissioned Officers (RACO), said he welcomed the immediate restoration of some of the allowances lost under the Haddington Road Agreement.

He said the 10% increase in the Military Service Allowance is "an inadequate figure to stop the retention crisis".

He said the reviews mentioned in the report must be carried out as quickly as possible and they would have to be concluded in advance of any public service pay talks.

The General Secretary of PDFORRA, which represents rank-and-file members, said he did not know if the package would be enough to stop the exodus from the Defence Forces and he did not think it would stop the exodus from the Navy. He said more will need to come from the review promised by the report.

Gerard Guinan said the restoration being given now was looked for by PDFORRA and RACO in 2017. He said the Government needed to step up to the plate and get the review done in the next few months before the public service talks begin in late Autumn or early in the New Year.

Asked about the Navy, he said the patrol duty allowance needs to increased to at least the level given for members who undertake duties at Portlaoise prison and there needs to be a recognition "that these guys are working serious hours and that the current retention crisis is actually leading to guys double jobbing or triple jobbing and they need to be actually paid for the job they're doing".

Speaking in the Seanad, Fine Gael Senator Gabrielle McFadden said she hoped today's report was just a first step to improving the pay of the Defence Forces.

Additional reporting: Colman O'Sullivan