Conditions of Service
Compensation of all ABRI personnel was on a sliding
according to rank and was uniform throughout the country
among the services. It included, for both officers and
personnel, housing for married personnel of appropriate
subsistence items and rations paid in kind, and a variety
allowances in addition to base pay.
Compensation for military personnel has increased
considerably since the 1970s, both in separate allowances,
as basic food allowances, and in basic pay. Military
compensation, especially for lower ranking or
trained personnel, was believed to compare favorably with
compensation in the civilian sector when extra allotments
figured in. Pay raises for the military paralleled raises
entire civil service.
Officers' tours of duty were officially established at
years, but these limits were not strictly observed.
age was mandatory for enlisted personnel at age forty-two
officers at fifty-five. However, the president had the
to grant an unlimited number of extensions on active duty
year, usually to officers in key posts of the armed forces
leadership. Officers were eligible for small pensions at
forty-eight and those failing promotion to lieutenant
to retire at that time. Two years before their retirement,
personnel could be placed on preretirement status in which
drew full pay and allowances while they began to develop
careers. Higher level retired personnel often worked in
government, in military-owned businesses, and in industry.
lower ranking members were offered land under the
transmigration program (see Glossary)
or have been given vocational training
, ch. 2;
Economic Benefits and the Transmigration Program
, ch. 3).
Data as of November 1992