Thankfully this isn't affecting me but all the same, I find it hard to comprehend. A day or so before stand down (all leave submitted by then, obviously) the SQMS's in my Regt (3 of them) were told that they would have to come into work on 21, 26, 28 Dec to carry out 100% weapon serial number checks. One of them lives 2 hours away and is on the over 37 package i.e. lives in the Mess and travels home at weekends; another lives local but is booked to go away over Xmas & New Year; the third lives local. No-one was happy about having to come in for these checks. The bloke who had arranged to go away has made some plans to cover it although I'm not sure if he cancelled totally or is travelling back for each of the checks. The other chap who lives a couple of hours away will be making the journey on each day of the checks. The bit I can't get my head around is that they have been told by the admin office that they can't claim anything for the travel. They've also been told that they can't claim back the days of leave that they are losing but that has been 'squared away' by the own OCs, as in, they are being given days in lieu. The reasoning for this (no travel claim allowed) has been given as 'you had fair warning of this 'duty' i.e. before you left to go on leave'. Surely this is a load of tosh??!! How can they be made to come back into work to carry out a 'duty' yet not get the travel claim for doing so?? Help me try and make sense of this please.