I am about to book an all inclusive five star hotel at the expense of the taxpayer (or a cheap B&B depending on the rate). Being army and not RAF I've never had to book a hotel via the DHRS before. Having just spoke to them, the procedure is for me to tell them what hotel I'd like, they will book it for me (subject to it being within a cost level) and I pay on my credit card, then claim it back off the army. (I also have to tell them if I'm staying longer than first anticipated so they can rebook the hotel). My question is, why do the military use this service? Wouldnt it be simpler to tell a soldier what his limit is, get him to book himself and then claim it back on JPA? (Its not because they can get a better deal either, they are paying the same rate I would if I booked it myself).