Just ruminating over this ....let me know your thoughts... If a married soldier is dies whilst serving then his spouse gets the death in service package and a widows pension etc. This also applies to Civil Partners whereby the surviving Civil Partner becomes the beneficiary. For single soldiers, unless i'm mistaken, no such package exists and upon their death there is no such payout or pension to parents or NOK. Therefore, pri to deploying on ops, Pte A & Pte B could enter into a civil partnership on the understanding that if one one of them is KIA the surviving 'civil partner' inherits a significant amount of cash and a pension, which he could either keep, or give to the parents of the deceased! Is this possible? Should we encourage it? Or would it lead to increased blue-on-blues motivated by cash! have i lost the plot - i think so???