Army number "wrong"

#1
Just been told that my army number is going to be a letter and 4 digits.
i.e "C1234"

This is because I was in the ACF as part of my Public Services college course about 5 years ago. Due to being over 18 at the time I was apparently issued an army number of the type issued to ACF Instructors
(despite having been a student)

I know in the grand scheme of things, it shouldn't really matter, however I was quite looking forward to getting an 8 digit proper number and really don't want to be stuck with a "C" prefix for my entire career!

My question is, does anyone know of this happening, and can I get a "real" army number? Failing that, am I going to have to explain to every posting I get that yes I am a regular soldier and should be here on the All Arms Pan Washing Course etc...

Thanks all
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wedge_cadman

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#2
You're getting that type of number as at some point you've been entered onto the JPA system and that's your number. Live with it

I'm stuck with mine and i wanted my old number back
 
#3
You're getting that type of number as at some point you've been entered onto the JPA system and that's your number. Live with it

I'm stuck with mine and i wanted my old number back
Roman numerals aren't accepted by JPA. ; )
 
#10
I suggest you speak to your Recruiter and get the correct info.....you will be given an 8 digit SERVICE number. As said above JPA only accepts Digits so unless your doing it voluntary????
 

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I suggest you speak to your Recruiter and get the correct info.....you will be given an 8 digit SERVICE number. As said above JPA only accepts Digits so unless your doing it voluntary????
the C12345 numbers are given to cadet instructors/adults, these are then used by the JPA system as your pay number. On re-enlisting recently my old 8 digit Service number is on the system but unusable as I left before the introduction of JPA. I can't be registered on JPA twice therefore my shiny new C12345 number is used for me, including ID card.
 
#12
wedge_cadman is correct
Once you are on JPA that is your number
likewise if regulars/ta leave then join the acf they keep their original number and dont get a new C number/3000 n umber
 
#13
Wedge, thanks for putting it in layman's terms. That makes sense.

Iron, it is my recruiter that this info has come from. He told me that my C12345 number is now my "army number". I'm taking my oath tomorrow so will double check with him again.
 
#15
the C12345 numbers are given to cadet instructors/adults, these are then used by the JPA system as your pay number. On re-enlisting recently my old 8 digit Service number is on the system but unusable as I left before the introduction of JPA. I can't be registered on JPA twice therefore my shiny new C12345 number is used for me, including ID card.
Yes but as he said on his initial post, he has never been an Cadet Instructor/soldier...he was a student on a public services course. When he is allocated a place he has never served as Regular/reserve/ftrs/Adult Instructor which are inputted on TRHJ Previous and current service details so he should be given a new service number by MCM/RG and details have been wrongly inputted IMHO.
 

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#16
Yes but as he said on his initial post, he has never been an Cadet Instructor/soldier...he was a student on a public services course. When he is allocated a place he has never served as Regular/reserve/ftrs/Adult Instructor which are inputted on TRHJ Previous and current service details so he should be given a new service number by MCM/RG and details have been wrongly inputted IMHO.
I agree with you, but the fact is through no fault of his own the time he spent with the ACF has led him to have this number. Whether he was paid or not someone somewhere has entered him into the system, probably the ACF covering their arrses and you cannot be the same person entered twice into the system.
 
#17
Iron,

Correct, I've never been an Adult Instructor. I was an "adult" cadet for two years while I attended the course. I did not receive any payments for attending camp etc.

I had no idea I had this number (which is from 2006) until my Recruiting Sjt pointed it out on my enlistment papers. The dates assigned to the number correspond to the dates I was on the course and the rank I finished the course with.
 
#18
probably the ACF covering their arrses and you cannot be the same person entered twice into the system.

I would imagine this is the most likely answer, and I guess I'll have to live with a different number format to everyone else.

I was only bothered because I guess it pays not to stand out to much on Phase 1!
 
#19
wedge_cadman is correct
Once you are on JPA that is your number
likewise if regulars/ta leave then join the acf they keep their original number and dont get a new C number/3000 n umber
Not quite.. Sldrs who have a sex change and originally have a Service # which depicts their sex i.e. 244.... etc will be given a new 300... number on request.:lol:
 

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