I find it a stupid cost cutting exercise that the MOD(Tri service) have stopped issuing ID cards for wives. As we all look through the forces discount broucher we see savings on items like Rail travel, Bus travel etc etc, but only with a valid ID card. I rasied this question with my Brigade HQ but was told it is to save money, but offers open the wives etc should not be a problem. All fine if you are travelling together, but this may be a problem when they travel whilst we are away which is normaly the case now days. Recently one of the lads was out of the country and his wife travelled home to her parents on a ticket bought with his Forces discount card. Her travel was uneventful until she return back to her unit/Married quarter. When the inspector checked her ticket he asked her for an ID card but because here at this station wives are only issue temporary ID passes/paper pass, valid for a maximum of 2 weeks he did not accept it as an ID card. She was then ordered off at the next stop. The only thing is she is six months pregnant. **** me it must cost all of 50p for a plastic ID card now days. What is going on.