Guys and Gals, I rather naively volunteered to fill a regular post overseas (a fair bit overseas I might add!) whilst serving on an FTRS (FC) contract. I am entitled to everything else that a regular soldier would expect and even went through the process of obtaining a "mobility certificate" with the view to claiming CEA (there are NO schools in my new theatre for my daughter!), now my application was signed by my CO, MCM Div and the SCEA and everything was going swimmingly until I banged in my claim for CEA (Board) which was rejected due to me "not serving on a regular engagement or commission". Where I am with my move: I HAVE to serve a 6 month notice period, I would never try and wriggle out of it, not an option and would not want to. In order for me to take up my new position, the MOD have outlayed "A small nations GDP on training me for this post, I would hate to speculate but must be IRO Â£250K" with no time bar signed by me (regular soldiers sign 4 yr ROS) Family flights are booked, well my wife and I. (another small fortune). My current problems: I am due to fly out very early Jan and everyone is on leave for xmas. My daughter is already in position at boarding school, and it needs paying for soon. Unless I get CEA, then I will have to outlay Â£2200 per month on fees, clearly unsustainable regardless of which payscale you are on within the army! My daughter will not be entitled to School childrens visits, so she will be stuck homeless on the school steps during end of term closures, clearly freaking my wife out! Advice I need: Have they got the JSP wrong when it states that "reservists are not entitled to CEA"? Has there ever been a special case allowed for specialist circumstances? Do I just "bite the bullet, sign off, go unaccompanied, then come back after my 6 month notice period"? Let me just say this, we took this move in good faith that we were actually filling a slot that otherwise would have gone to a "pressed man" ruining someones life and it now seems to be shafting us, so my wife has called a halt and will refuse to go unless my daughters needs are catered for, ultimately causing a massive rift in our relationship at a stressful time of the year with a house upturned, removals booked, cars sold, and giving everything in her life up to join me halfway around the world. Where do I turn next as by my estimation, records/my unit have 24 hrs to sort something out before they can get a refund on at least one of the tickets out there. Come on you admin gurus someone out there must be able to help with experience or advice. Ta.