Officers numbers are now 8 digits not 6

#1
Just had a new subbie turn up and 'it' has retained its' soldier number they were given at the start of Sandhurst. Apparantly 6 digit numbers are a thing of the past.

Cutbacks/JPA-ism who knows. What i do know is that we shouldn't be so readily casting off all those things that differentiate soldiers from officers.

We should all write to Des Brown - oh no point he is too busy running the Scottish office as well as being the SoS for Defence.

Rant off.
 
#2
The_Phantom said:
Just had a new subbie turn up and 'it' has retained its' soldier number they were given at the start of Sandhurst. Apparantly 6 digit numbers are a thing of the past.

Cutbacks/JPA-ism who knows. What i do know is that we shouldn't be so readily casting off all those things that differentiate soldiers from officers.

We should all write to Des Brown - oh no point he is too busy running the Scottish office as well as being the SoS for Defence.

Rant off.
Dear god no... thats a crime how is one expected to remember the extra 2 digets 8O
 
#4
Just put a couple of zeros in front it's what the armys been doing for generations!




(if you take this too much to heart then take the rest of the day off)
 
#5
I would suggest he has retained his RMAS number because JPA can't allocate new numbers - or nobody knows how to do it on JPA more like.

At least he will still get paid - allbeit as an officer cadet - even though he has passed out!
 
#6
Apparently, the old way was too difficult for JPA so all future recruits get the same format number, whatever their Service!

Litotes
 
#7
TangoZeroAlpha said:
I would suggest he has retained his RMAS number because JPA can't allocate new numbers - or nobody knows how to do it on JPA more like.
Correct every new service men will be allocated a number in the 3000 0000 region, your army number no longer exists.

I've seen whinges on this site, but 'a none officer army number' FFS
 
#8
Dear God, they'll be making us wear three quarter length 'trousers' and polypropylene football shirts next.

Where will it end etc etc
 
#13
another two numbers and you will have to take your boots off to count them. Tee Hee :boogie:
 
#14
The_Phantom said:
Just had a new subbie turn up and 'it' has retained its' soldier number they were given at the start of Sandhurst. Apparantly 6 digit numbers are a thing of the past.
That will confuse the German bouncers...
 
#15
This is the crux! One has heard on the grapevine that certain 'professionally horizontal' German establishments are loathe to allow 8 digiters in. The one true benefit for a 6 digiter!
 
#17
RMA1 said:
another two numbers and you will have to take your boots off to count them. Tee Hee :boogie:
8+2 = 10, how many fingers do most people have? Anyway enough of being a smartarse.

Question: Hypothetically speaking If I were to be in an uotc and leave next month, as in discharge myself, When I attend RMAS in January, will i still have my 251..... number or will I have a new number ? Anybody.
 
#19
Just in case anyone was having muck-sweats about being treated with full deference at the gate, keep in mind that the new Army MoD 90 has your rank printed on it.
 
#20
The 8 digits for soldiers represented their ENLISTMENT number. the six digits for Officers represented their COMMISSION number.

Keeping in mind that the majority of personnel in the Army have an 8 figure number it makes sense to use this as the lowest common denominator and base the system around this. It probably would have been too expensive to have a system that recognised both numbers.

Two points, hopefully the German establishments have all been issued a rank chart for when the updated MOD90 shows the rank and my final point is that it has got to be better than being bar coded which I am sure was probably thought about!

And I wonder whether I will now go back from my Commission number to my enlistment number??
 

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