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The Ministry of Defence has lost 11,000 military ID cards in the last two years, the government has admitted to parliament. Although this seems like a paltry loss compared to the 25m records lost by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, it is still rather a lot, particularly when you consider the armed forces amount to less than …


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  1. Chris Williams
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    The funniest thing...

    ... is the idea that I could be handing over my biometric, tell-you-everything-about-me-you-could-ever-possibly-want-to-know ID card to somebody purporting to be an agent of Her Majesty's forces but who is in fact an idle doss-bag who chanced upon a discarded MoD ID card in a bus.

  2. xyz Silver badge

    Only 10,999....

    My girlfriend still has hers.

    Mind you, she only quit her post 2 years ago!!

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  4. Ian Chard

    Re: The funniest thing...

    "somebody purporting to be an agent of Her Majesty's forces"

    Do you know what a real MoD ID card is supposed to look like? If someone showed you a card with an embedded chip, hologram, photograph and MoD logo, you'd probably assume it was valid, even if it looks nothing like the real thing.

    Ironically, if you asked the MoD for a specimen they'd probably tell you to sod off.

  5. Anonymous Coward
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    Not just armed forces...

    It isn't just members of the armed forces that have them. A lot of civil servants have them, and even I have one because I go gliding on an RAF base. So the 11,000 out of 200,000 ratio doesn't really apply.

  6. Mister_C

    Fine fine fine

    IIRC, the fine imposed on serving members of the forces for loosing their own ID card is equivalent to two days pay.

    Pity the pension prospects of whichever lowly civil servant finally gets landed with the blame

  7. Anonymous Coward
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    Worn out

    So they've *replaced* 11k cards in 2 years, including those that have worn out. And they have issued over 200k cards, so if *none* of the cards were lost, the average life of a card is about 40 years. Not bad.

  8. Simon Painter

    @The funniest thing...

    "somebody purporting to be an agent of Her Majesty's forces"

    If someone purporting to be from her majesty's forces asked me to hand over some ID I would simply point out that they have no juristiction over me and they can frankly get stuffed.

    Unless they had an SA80 pointed in my direction in which case I don't think the ID would make one bit of difference as I hand over my ID _very slowly with no sudden movements and with my hands visible at all times_.

  9. N Silver badge

    I diddnt realise that...

    We still had 11,000 left in the armed forces with all the defence cuts

    So if that was rolled out nationally every ID card would be lost every 24 months, after about 10 years wed be waist deep in them!

    A lesson leaned for the dimwits that foster the belief that a national ID card will make the UK aka 'Police state Britain' more secure? No way!

  10. Anonymous Coward
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    The SA80 is implicit

    Just because you don't see the SA80 right away, that doesn't mean it's not there.

    1. Person asks you for ID card. You reply "sod off".

    2. Person calls over police officer, who tells you to hand over ID card. You reply "sod off" (if you have the nerve).

    3. Policeman attempts to arrest you. You resist (if you're deranged enough).

    4. Either the police succeed in arresting you, or you prevent that by using sufficient force that they eventually shoot you dead.

  11. Ash

    @Simon Painter

    I'd still tell them to get stuffed. I'm white with blonde hair, blue eyes, and middle class. Apparently you cant get LESS terrorist than me!

    Thank you tabloid media :)

  12. Steve

    Making political hay out of nothing

    Oh come on, its REALLY the governments fault that soldiers loose their ID cards. What the hell does this have to do with the ID card scheme?

    How many credit cards have been replaced this year due to loss / theft?

    Biggest non-story ever.

  13. John

    RE: SA80

    "Unless they had an SA80 pointed in my direction in which case I don't think the ID would make one bit of difference as I hand over my ID _very slowly with no sudden movements and with my hands visible at all times_."

    Unless it was raining, or freezing cold, or very sandy. In which case I'll take my chances and tell them to get stuffed.

    The slight caveat is that it's the second round that jams, not the first.

  14. Anonymous Coward
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    @The SA80 is implicit

    whilst driving over the Mourne Mountains (Na Beanna Boirche) during the Troubles I suddenly had a lot of SA80's pointed at me. "Which part of Belfast are you from", was the Biometric Challenge, "Leeds" was the Yorkshire accented Biometric reply, "have a great holiday!" said the MOD ID card holder, which I didn't ask to see, at the time.

  15. John Chadwick

    Hang on a minute

    A. It isn't the MOD who has lost the card it's the people who they are issued to.

    B. Are they really lost, or just not returned by leavers, or destroyed in the washing machine.

    C. How does this compare to other organisations or individuals.

    I probably "loose" an ID card every five years, how about the rest of you. And by loose I mean leave the company and don;t return the card, destroy it in a washing machine. 5,500 a year means earch individual loosing one about every 18 years, which is pretty good I think, even better if this covers all the other aspects of the MOD.

  16. Spleen

    Title required

    "I will only give you my name, rank, and serial number."

    "Shukran, Tommy, but we already have all of those from your ID card. And thanks to this CD from the National Identity Register we got off eBay we also know the names of your infidel family, the names of all your ex-girlfriends, your political affiliations, the URL of your blog, and your complete medical history which we're just going through at the moment so we know where would be the best place to insert some glass tubes."

    "Did I say I was a British soldier? Actually I'm a Saudi prince on my way to a fancy dress party. I knew I should have gone as a Nazi instead."

  17. Jason Bloomberg Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    What are the odds ...

    Looking at the figures another way; potentially one in every 5,400 Brits could have an MoD pass someone else lost. Does that make the odds of finding an MoD pass in the street better than finding a stray fiver ?

    Paris : Who would sensibly keep her MoD pass safely tucked into her knickers and would thus never lose it.

  18. Anonymous Coward

    RE RE: SA80 Jamming

    Unless it was the new SA80-A2 which is a different beast . H&K are quite proud of the mods they have made and the troops very happy with the reliability in the field.

    Seems a bit stupid running from any MOD guard anyway seeing as he is more than capable to only needing one round to take you down anyway,

  19. Nick Palmer
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    On this basis

    Can we ask that responsibility for the NIR and its attendant breathing license - sorry, identity card - be handed over to the MoD, please? If they can mange to lose 11,000 of their own there's every chance that they could manage to misplace the entire scheme...

  20. Anonymous Coward

    Apparently you cant get LESS terrorist than me

    >I shot him sarge!


    >Looked like a terrorist sarge!

    He was white with blonde hair, blue eyes, and middle class

    >In disguise sarge!

    Well done - I'm transferring you to the SPG

  21. Anonymous Coward

    You're all a bunch of loosers


    Okay not all of you but WHAT IS IT WITH THAT BLOODY WORD???

    Lose/loose - look 'em up and learn the difference.


    No coat: I've lost my loose fitting one

  22. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

    Re: You're all a bunch of loosers

    Ah, loosen up.

    Of course I agree. I just couldn't resist.

    Yes, dammit, and while you're at it, please sort your 'you're' from your 'your'.

  23. Dave Bell

    Somebody has to say it...

    "These are not the droids you are looking for."

  24. Anonymous Coward

    Mod Squad

    Great show for it's day, don't remember any ID card though?

  25. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @The SA80 is implicit

    You missed a point.

    The policement would have tased (tasered?) you first

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