Can somebody help me with this.I've been in the Army since 1980. I recently asked for printout of my pension. I found out that my pensionable date was the 06 August 1982, my 18th birthday. Now i was annoyed at two things, firstly i served in the falklands war at the age of 17 and have been informed that it doesnt count, which is a royal kick in the bollocks!!! Secondly i have been informed that as soon as you start on adult rates of pay at 17.5 you contribute 11% of your wage to your pension and was amazed at the number of people who were surprised at this (can any pay staff confirm or deny this). 17.5 to 18, 6 months that dont count even if you go on ops?!!! And if you are paying in where does that money go, and how can you go to war and then 25 years later be told it doesn't count!!!! Can someone give us hand with this? I am trying to rally support to challenge this so that the soldiers who served on ops before they are eighteen get what is owed to them, financially minimal. But again if servicemen or women serve in a war before they are 18 they should not then be told years later it doesn't count. Thats morally wrong. The system is not allways right is it?