There must be a difference then between TA and Regulars, as I will get my passport paid for by the military when it is due renewal next year, they insist that I have one to deploy on operations, so they need to pay for it. I am quite happy not to have one (I'm not really but thats beside the point!) and only have one because the system insists on it (I don't but how are they to know that).
My wife holds an Irish passport - had to have it renewed this year - RAF would not pay for it as they said an id card and nato travel order can get you around. She was tho intially given her passport free of charge as she was running around the world saving lives with aero-med (work requirement) now she is in Europe (no work requirement)
My last 10 year passport ran out last year and when I got posted into new unit the clerks just got me to fill the form in and they did the rest. They even refunded the £3.50 for the photos got in back within two weeks . The main reason they pay for it is because were due to go Afghan next March again.
They had paid for my wifes and kids passports 10 years ago but that is because we were abroad. They will only do this now if you get a posting abroad or need to return to UK with your family but Welfare office will give you details.
edited to say my sons is in training but was made to pay for his during training out his own money with everyone else. Obviously savng the Army a fortune.
Yes but at the moment were all on stnd by in some respect. I arrived at the back end of a Afghan tour and we were already warned off for one 18 months later so realistacally everyone is in the same boat. Thats why they gave me mine ok.
Clown basher I would of argued the point but the AFC had got all the recruits to do the same and young lads will do what there told. I was away and didnt realise till late but they told me after that the all new recruits at AFC are expected to pay for it as cant be deployed until there over 18 and in field force. Unfortunately when i was a recruiter I wsnt told this.
approx 25 yrs plus ago....UK couldnt afford passport payment for servicemen/women....and people had to travel on the new MOD 90 ...ID "PLASTIC" Cards......you would be suprised at the amount of "army" guys put in a civvy nick ( overseas) for 24 hrs until the diplomatic process happened..= fact....= middle east and southeast asia....during a labour government in the 1970's....
Any Regular unit these days needs to keep its readiness levels up. Therefore it should be a case of getting your application to one of the clerks and getting them to send it off. You need a current passport to remain valid for the Unit readiness level so the unit will pick up the tab.