I've just taken some time out in Civvy street and have now gone through the process of rejoining. On my first day I back in, I had to do all the RAO stuff of getting put back on the system and get my docs reactivated etc to prove to records that I exist. Imagine my surprise when I didn't get paid this month, so I took a little trip down to the pay office and some 12 yr old AGC Sgt calmly told me that I wasn't to worry because it could take anywhere between 5 to 8 MONTHS for things to get sorted. I expected a bit of turmoil when rejoining, but is our admin system that backwards? Luckily, I'd vectored in the Army's incompetance and saved enough funds so I wouldn't get my house reposessed. The RAO told me that if I get stuck, all I had to do was find the 5 minute slot in the morning when they were open and come, cap in hand, and beg for a BACS transfer of funds so the baliffs won't come and take the TV away. Would some RAO/Glasgow type like to explain why it takes so long to fix someone's pay? Why can't pay offices be at the Regtl level instead of in Scotland so that individuals may be tracked and altered at source. Sounds a bit to easy to me? Oh and as an after thought, if pay was to be taken off me for something, why does it take the Army minutes to carry it out? Rant over!