A 'friend' of mine (ok it's me) has recently been offered a Civil Service post. In many respects it's my dream job (no really) and something I've wanted to do for years. Predictably though the pay isn't great although obviously my military pension will help. I'd always thought that previous military service could be used to justify starting further up the pay scale for a given CS grade but the 'boarder' I'm dealing with has explained that this stopped in 2010. I'd be grateful if anyone with knowledge of the system could confirm whether this is an absolute position or whether exceptions have been made? If the latter, any supporting evidence would be extremely useful.