From Defence Intranet (cut & paste job for those without DII access): "Voluntary DNA sampling introduced for all operational troops 25/01/2008 The MOD has announced today, Friday 25 January 2008, details of a new, voluntary DNA Sampling Scheme for new recruits as well as Service personnel and civilians who are deploying on operations. The scheme will offer troops the chance to have a DNA sample taken and stored in order to help speed up military inquests and make the process of identification less traumatic for families. Minister for the Armed Forces, Bob Ainsworth MP, said: "Although the risk of death is small for personnel deployed on operations, the possibility is a fact of life. In some cases, for example in the loss of aircraft, traditional techniques for identification are not sufficient. "DNA matching is a failsafe method but collecting samples from personal effects or family members can be prolonged and traumatic. Our aim is to minimise pain and distress to families by taking precautionary measures in advance to enable deceased personnel to be identified quickly." Until now DNA samples have only been held for aircrew or those involved in flying duties. Participation in the scheme is voluntary but strongly encouraged. Samples will be stored securely at the RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine and can be destroyed on written request by the Service person when they leave service, or after 45 years, whichever is sooner. It is anticipated that the scheme will be ready for the next major roulement in March 2008." The benefits for easy identification notwithstanding, is there a risk that this database would be used for other purposes? Would you be happy for MoD to hold your DNA?