(c) BBC Ex-Army officer 'denied passport' Passport applicants must not be out of the UK for more than 90 days A former Army officer who served in Iraq and Kosovo is being denied a British passport, his family has said. Zimbabwe-born Captain Warwick Strong was turned down because he was out of the UK on duty, his father Colonel Jeremy Strong claimed. Passport applicants must have lived in the UK for five years, without leaving for more than 90 days in a year. The Home Office said the Passport Office is unable to grant documents when "nationality issues are pending". Capt Strong arrived in Britain in 1998 and attended Sandhurst Military Academy. He left the Army two months ago, after serving with the Royal Artillery for six years. He holds an ancestral visa, which has been renewed until October 2006. Capt Strong's father, from Cirencester, said his son had been denied British citizenship because he had been posted abroad while serving Britain. If he had worked in a bank, he would now qualify for a British passport Col Jeremy Strong, father "He's gone out to protect the interests of the country and the free world in Kosovo and Iraq and he's been denied citizenship through no fault of his own. "If he had worked in a bank, he would now qualify for a British passport because he would not have been outside the country for 90 days. "The government uses him and then when he wants something back like a passport, they say `No thank you'." Col Strong, who lives in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, recently approached Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, MP for Cotswold, who is planning to raise the issue as a point of order in the House of Commons this week. Mr Clifton-Brown said: "When I received the details about it, I nearly hit the roof. It just seems to me so totally wrong." A Home Office spokesman said it could not comment on individual cases but added: "The Passport Office has no discretionary powers and has to follow rules as laid out. "If there is a nationality issue pending or unresolved it would not be able to grant a British passport."