Hello all, Apologies if this has been asked in this forum before, but nothing appeared on the search radar. First of all I realise that MQ retention criteria is covered in JSP 464 Sect 8. I will be posted away from my current area for anything between 6 months up to 2 years. Now bearing in mind the likelihood is that I will be posted back here after this time, it seems to me to be an awful waste of taxpayers money in Disturbance Allowance, removals etc twice over - when realistically there's no need to. On top of that, the wife is born and bred in this area, with a career longer than my own and will very reluctantly come with me so if that can be avoided too it will be a bonus. I have already spoken to Housing who haven't exactly said 'No', but have told me there's nothing in the JSP wrt eligibility. My question to you fellow experienced Arrsers is this: Is there anyone out there that can shed any light on cases outside of the norm whereby you have been allowed to retain your MQ by virtue of common sense, or any other reason for that matter? Cheers in advance. And no bone posts 'for the sake of posting' please...!