Im stationed at JHQ and over the last few months we have a steady trickle of TA soldiers staging through on the way to the Gulf. As a former PSI I know most of my fellow tradesmen and enjoy seeing them again over a beer or three. The other day I decided to take an old mate around JHQ prior to him deploying. We had a coffee in the NAAFI then he told me that he needed some tooth paste and boot polish so we entered the NAAFI food hall to purchase the said items. At the till he was asked for his ID card then his NAAFI Ration card, this also acts as a Shopping Permit imagine the embarrassment as he was refused service! I argued the point and stated that I could understand if he was purchasing spirits in great quantity but to refuse a soldier on his way to an operational tour the services that the NAAFI was set up to provide is a mockery of the system. Yes we all understand rules, but common sense surely must provable? Some rules need to desperately be revued, I have read all the party line referring to the agreement between Germany and HMF, and I think this is nonsense when it comes down to supporting our troops. I took this up with the NAAFI manager and my own unit and was told that I could purchase the goods for him. Is this the way forward? Are TA soldiers second class soldiers who can be treated this way?