Having just read this is the Scum; DEFENCE bosses have banned troops from surfing eBay â because itâs distracting them from the nationâs defence. Military IT experts discovered that servicemen who had returned from overseas duty were busy spending a Â£2,240 bonus on the auction site. Top brass were worried it was too much of a distraction, so brought in the ban across the MoDâs internet network. It applies to all 180,000 men and women in uniform AND 100,000 civilian staff. With Christmas coming, the decision has angered Our Boys. One soldier just back from Iraq said: âItâs a breach of our liberties. First they give us a tax-free bonus, then they stop us spending it how we want. Most of us only get the chance to use the net in our free time anyway. âWhen youâre on ops in the Middle East, you can hardly pop down the local internet cafe.â Another officer said the ban would leave troops shelling out hundreds of pounds extra for their own kit. He said: âThe lads like to personalise the bog-standard equipment weâre issued with their own purchases, to improve them and make them more comfortable. âThe best way to do that is second-hand over eBay. Now thatâs been denied to us weâll have to go to camping shops instead and shell out more for new stuff.â Returning soldiers were issued the Â£2,240 for a six-month deployment after a campaign by The Sun. It is issued to cancel out the income tax bill troops had to pay while away. But the MoD confirmed last night they will not be able to spend it on eBay. A spokesman said: âAs with many other employers, the MoD does not allow its networks to be used for private transactions on commercial auction sites.â Not sure the "distracting them from the nations defence" is really the best defence!!!!!!!