Local Overseas Allowance
The FST was composed of members who came from the UK and from BAOR. None of the members were “posted” to the FST but were “detached” from their parent units to the FST.
This led to all sorts of perceived injustices upon which the FST members were wont to ruminate as they ticked off the “days to do” in the murky monsoon days of July 72. A long running battle had been fought with the Tidworth administration to obtain leave for those returning to the UK but the Rinteln administration were a harder nut to crack and had rostered us to be back at work almost within a day of returning to BAOR. (The attempt failed in the face of an unrestrained expression of views from “Wife of” who ambushed the CO along with her three infant children as he passed her front door on his way to work)
An assessment of how much the LOA would be was made by an “LOA Team” whose visit to RAF Salalah was recorded in the Operational Record Book. Even after all these years they are no longer anonymous…
and what was the result of their visit ?
However this was not the end of the matter as there were problems recruiting RAF personel for secondment to SOAF. It centred around the job, the effect on a pilots RAF career and the poor living conditions. In a letter to PHR Wright of the FCO from RA Lloyd-Jones on the 11th of December 1972 he makes the following observations.
and this is then followed up with some hard figures acouple of days later