The Jakarta Post
Newly inaugurated Indonesian Military (TNI) chief, Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, has asked President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to raise soldiers’ welfare, especially those stationed in border areas.
Hadi, along with Army and Navy chiefs, held a closed-door meeting with Jokowi at the Bogor Palace in West Java on Thursday to discuss a proposal to give special allowances to personnel stationed along borders.
The proposal was made because soldiers in border areas faced greater challenges as prices of basic needs were more expensive there, Hadi said.
“We need to reward these soldiers in border areas with adequate incentives due to their tasks,” Hadi said after the meeting. “[Under the proposal] they would get special allowances.”
Hadi said the President would evaluate the proposal.
In addition to a basic salary, military personnel and police officers receive around Rp 60,000 (US$4.2) a day for their daily food allowance.