Is this the ulitmate con? The Forces require that its personnel live where they work and encourages accompanied service, for a number of sensible reasons. For personnel serving outside the UK mainland this takes their children away from the indigenous schoolng they would normally receive. MOD provides a limited number of places in a range of Schools, run by SCE an MOD Schools agency. This provision is completely free at the point of delivery to serving personnel who use it, and it is comparable with any good school in the UK. It does not provide sufficient places for all the children of serving staff, nor does it provide suitable schooling for all levels of education inall the locations to wish Uk personnel are posted in married accompanied posts. Rather it provides a "choice" to parents to send their children to a school of their choice (from an approved list) for which it the bestows a tax free grant of up a fixed amount per term that can be no than 90% of the School fees. The service person (parent0 must pay at least 10%. Immediately you can see that the MOD is getting a good deal! It sheds the risk, liabbilty and cost of providing the required education Feree of Charge. Of course the MOD would say that this is a good deal and that it is a parents choice, but what about the parents posted to places where there is no SCE provision? Well then you have to use the CEA sytem, simlarly as most of us move every 2.7 years so do our children, thus disrupting their education. Again MOD see CEA as the way of discharging their responsibilty. But the cost of this to the parent is considerable and it is both unfair and divisive as few junior ranks are able to avail themselves of the scheme - simply on cost grounds. is it not about time this subject was once again reviewed.? Why not provide a UK based series of MOD Sponsored boarding schools that cater mainly for service kids. If this was done properly the requirement for CEA would cease and all travel could be seen to fall to the public purse making all service childrens education free to the service population.