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Why a specific armed forces board?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in UK Armed Forces MoneySaving
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MSE_MartinMSE_Martin MoneySaving Expert
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in UK Armed Forces MoneySaving
Hi

After a number of requests I decided it was time to open up an armed forces MoneySaving board for current and past members of the forces and their families.

The aim isn't to duplicate the rest of the forum and site, but far more to discuss those issues that are specific to members of the forces. Whether it be getting goods delivered overseas, the difficulty of getting life coverage, what's available when leaving the forces, specific discounts and how to get back to civilian life... I'm sure there are many more.

I hope it will help

All the best

Martin
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  • lee634lee634 Forumite
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    Martin

    Thanks for allowing the forces board, Yes we in the military have our own forums to use, but there are many expert MoneySavers that may have a useful input
  • bonsibabebonsibabe Forumite
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    I second that Martin, thank you. It is harder when you live overseas to be MSE but it helps to have this site. And now it helps even more when we pads have "our own" forum where we can talk about issues that are unique to our situation.

    Cheers mate!

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  • Alias_OmegaAlias_Omega Forumite
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    Can we make this hidden unless logged in.?

    If we were to say some 'stuff', it can be seen by anyone anywhere..
  • maytaurusmaytaurus Forumite
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  • weegie.geekweegie.geek Forumite
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    If it wasn't hidden all they'd have to do was login to see it, so it's not much of a shield against whatever it is you're worried about.

    Also, if google wasn't able to access this bit of the forum, therefore was unable to access it, it'd be harder for people to find the site and the useful info it holds, which is kinda selfish of the people who're already here.
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  • johng_ukjohng_uk Forumite
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    Cheers for the forum though Martin. Here's hoping it really takes off as it could prove useful to many!
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  • MSE_MartinMSE_Martin MoneySaving Expert
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    Hi folks

    I'd prefer to keep it open to all - that's the general site philiosophy apart from special cases - and as someone points out there are a good few hundred thousand people who login to the site anyway so nothign would be secret.

    As for it taking off... it'll be going quite high up (for a forum board note ;) ) in this weeks email so that may help...

    Please do tell friends and colleagues about it though... I may contact BFBS about it in a few weeks as I've done stuff there before

    martin :)
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  • Alias_OmegaAlias_Omega Forumite
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    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Combo Breaker I've been Money Tipped!
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    I wonder how long before the site is blocked by the IGS system, in work or restricted to certain times (6pm for eBay etc).
  • Bigun28Bigun28 Forumite
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    I kind of agree with the hidden bit if it were at all possible. There are many 'perks' to being in the military and I've known civilians who have used the 'I'm in the military' scenario to get a discount etc when a shop employee has been too lazy to check their id.

    We all know that by letting out the trade 'secrets' the system could get abused which will spoil it for all of us.

    As for the IGS bit, could be damm inconvenient - it didn't take them long to block e-bay!!!
  • darcyvuquadarcyvuqua Forumite
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    im just wondering why the rest of the uk are on strike over pay issues the british forces are left out to dry we work hard fight hard and play hard and we seem to be the one that are paid the least do we strike

    hell no this government need to address these situations and fast
    you cant change yesterday
    but you can make tomorrow better
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