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Hey everyone, I have been playing guard for a while now and have read a few of the 40k novels but I cant seem to find out whether Imperial Guardsmen actually receive a wage or not. It seems pretty obvious that PDF forces would, as they have access to permanent markets, but would a guardsmen in a war-zone need or even have somewhere to spend their money?
(If this post should go in the 40k army fluff section instead i apologize, I was unsure whether or not to post it here or there)
yes they do get paid, if you read the ciaphas cain books and various others there is mention of guardsmen gambling away their wages and visiting brothels when on leave.
It's a question with 100 answers. Penal Legions are obviously not paid; famous regiments undoubtedly are. Some front-line regiments are rewarded with land grants and colonization privileges once the planet they're fighting over is secure while others are conscripted (and used up) so quickly that pay is a moot issue. More entertaining examples:
The Savlar Chem Dogs are 'paid' with a ticket off their junkyard dirtball plus whatever they can steal and loot during their service. On top of that, their leaders skip the medium-of-exchange step and simply dump the party drugs in the drinking water.
Then you have the Jopall Indentured. The costs of childhood on Jopall are paid off through mandatory military service. I don't think Jopalli regiments are paid, exactly, but they can go home as soon as they kill their quota of targets. (A fact which makes them excellent marksmen.)
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hey do get paid, in the Gaunts Ghosts books you can read various mentions of them getting paid. Such as how the Tanith get paid more than most other regiments, so even the basic grunts of the Tanith were able to have good stashes.
You can see Tona Criid spending money of delicacy foods from a bakery.
Hark and Ludd buy themselves lunch while on duty to blend in and look off duty while watching off duty troops.
Many mentions of gambling and sex trade workers.
Meryn trying to gamble to get enough money for better bionics.
In gunheads there were some guys in the regiment whoo could get extra rations and black market deals, but for a large cost. Rawne did this in the GG books too.
Those are just a few that come to mind, there are many more i'm sure.
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Ah ok, thanks everyone for the great answers, the Gaunts Ghost series is definitely something I cant wait to get my paws on in the future. I imagine there is a thriving black market amongst the Imperial Army (food,drink,drugs,prostitutes,etc) but since there isent a standard currency in the Imperium(right?) what they are paid would depend on the individual regiment.
There certainly would be a black market, and in the gaunts ghosts novels you read about the camp followers that move around with the regiment. For currency, there probably is a standard currency (credits, or something like that) but it would not be used throughout the Imperium. For example on Feral Worlds, or worlds like Catachan where basic supplies and equipment are valued much more.
I imagine that Imperial pay is fairly irregular. Think back to the Napoleonic era, for example, where soldiers went for months on end without pay. This could be caused by all sorts of things, and remember that the Imperium is a big place, and things like that could easily happen. Whats more, a lot of commanders wouldn't bother to pay regiments in a war zone, as why should they pay men who are probably going to die?
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