HUNDREDS of Army reservists have been told they will not be paid for the rest of the financial year.
Reservists told The Sunday Mail that they were last week advised not to turn up for regular sessions until July because there was no money.
It is understood the move affects the entire force of more than 1000 reserve soldiers with the 11th Brigade, which has units at nearly 30 locations around Queensland.
An Australian Defence Force spokesman yesterday said: “The majority of regular Tuesday parade nights will continue. However, commencing this week some activities will be temporarily reduced, rescheduled or cancelled at the Brisbane-based 11th Brigade until 30 June 2016.
“Other tasks, including Army training, career and infantry initial employment training courses and essential unit governance will continue.”
The 11th brigade has units at almost 30 locations around Queensland.
The 11th Brigade has grown during the past 12-18 months through recruiting and retention initiatives. Additional resources were provided to cover the growth.’
Reservists said most members would be left about $7000 out of pocket by the move.
“Some people rely on this money to supplement their income,’’ one reservist said.
“They are very upset. It came without warning so they have no chance to make other arrangements.’’
The ADF spokesman said members of the 11th Brigade would continue to support formally requested ceremonial activities on Anzac Day, including at regional locations.
But reservists said they would be doing so on a voluntary basis.
The 11th Brigade celebrates the anniversary of its formation this year.