As invited by MoD's, I hoe this meets with their approval in avoiding service discipline complications. The public sector, and particularly government departments at source are pitifully poor at anything IT. They don't understand it, have no unified implemenation and constantly chase the last adverse media story highlighting its IT incompetance. I have always been more concerned about work IT ****ing up my personal IT than the other way round. When I joined the Army there was no real IT and a good proportion of paperwork was typed by the chief clk, having been hand written by the officers, the junior ones having to find a typewriter to do their own (or running the ranges of the top of their heads, having submitted a delete insert photocopied instruction) Jump forward to today, and the IT scalings at unit level mean that almost all junior officers have to buy their own. Disagree? Well there being no typewriters left, and JPA not being able to scan hand written range letters and turn them magically into SOHB correct documents. HQ's and "agencies" have IT coming out of their ears, and expect prompt reports and returns back from their less than poor IT relations. How does everyone think this happens???? Ever since subbies bought laptops, or saved things on floppy from the Sqn chief clerk we have been keeping work on our PC's. (I have 19 years worth of work stored on my own IT), mainly because there is nothing new, that you haven't done before and can't be cut/pasted into today and specifically because it helps you do your job. As many JSP's as you like will not alter the realty that those who need to write work as part of their job, need IT, and they are in the majority (but not all) of case Officers. Here's an idea then, issue all officers a modest laptop at sandhurts on 1157, use two drives one removable and fully encrypted and one OS an program drive encrypted but not locked down, so you can install your own programs, use it for your own mail, internet etc. That way you only need take one laptop, because its standalone in so far as the MoD networks are concerned. If lost, use BIOS locked tracking software with and remote autodelete capability so the next time Newton cock or thieving london pikey tries to use the net it scrubs the drives and passes location to CIVPOL. Then you have secure, reliable IT that is practical and removes any requiement for your own IT. Did I think this up all on my own? No its what most companies with a sensible IT plan do. Is it expensive? Erm no, its what I do with my personal laptop, and it just works. Finally, all JSP'd up, I am interested to know why it is that you can take said super secure IT, remove the hard drive and with a little bit of imagination and some dodgy net based software, strip most of the encryption and read it anyway? Perhaps people who have their laptops stolen by newspapers might wish to pursue thier own civil cases against the newton cock for theft or computer misuse. Certainly legal advice might prove worthwhile. Then a rival might lead with: "Sun mong doesn't check facts before writing half arrsed story trying to get on current data loss bandwaggon." A sun reported who lays claim to being a defence editor, but yet, hasn't the first clue about anything remotely like being a soldier, beyond what he has seen by watching TV and films, today stepped on his dick once again by getting a typist to write some dribble about super secret laptops, while he spent the day watching Ross Kemp in Afghanistan, so he could learn some buzzwords which he could drop into conversations with real men, to walt himself up as having been "on the ground once" in some attempt at providing any, no matter how tenuous, evidence that he wasnt just the bloke who moved up from his previous post as the bloke who fakes the letters to dear deirdre. Ask for comment at the £150 a drink Sophisticats nightclub this morning he stated that he didnt give two ****ing shits about anyone at all, least of all soldiers, who the **** were they anyway, he'd eat them all for breakfast and he'd done much more, and no-one gives a **** at all about anything to do with them, unless he gets his mate to write it and its got tits in it, and in that case its ****ing great and all soldiers love it and him and his paper. Anyway "I'm ****ing brilliant" he said, as he nuzzled between the £1000 champagne soaked breasts of the £450 a dance lapdancer, before getting into his £67000 car and driving to his £800000000000 house, paid for with the misery of others. A true knight for democracy, and press freedoms.