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Salary explosion in the military

The Norwegian military cut the number of positions in order to save money, but at the same time the expenditures exploded in form of overtime and other benefits.

The confidential report the Norwegian daily Aftenposten has gotten access to, indicates that the cut backs and increase of expenditures are almost equal. The military cut a large number of jobs in the period 2000 and 2002, and thereby reduced salary costs with NOK 303 million (USD 46 million). However, at the same time, the expenditures due to overtime and other benefits increased with NOK 299 million (USD 45.4 million).

In addition, the number of leadership positions has increased and large salary increases have been awarded with the advancements, without there being any reason for the salary increases.

Stortinget, the Norwegian parliament, has ordered the military to cut operating costs, mainly salary costs, with a total NOK 6 billion (USD 910.6 million) from 2002 to 2005.

The cost explosion may make it difficult for to achieve the demanded increased efficiency and the goal of more training missions, in additions to modernizing the Norwegian military, reported Aftenposten.

Several members of Stortinget’s foreign affairs committee reacts to the news of the report and have asked the Minister of Defense Kristin Krohn Devold to explain.

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