Here's one that'll get a bit of quality moaning going... Just heard that Service Numbers unique to Service, Officer/Other Rank or Sex have been done away with. In this great new world of JPA, if you were to join any of the Services today you would instead get a JPA number. This is "generic" in that you couldn't tell whether someone's RN, Army or RAF from their number - neither could you tell if they were male or female or Officer or Rating. Those of us lucky enough to have "proper" Service numbers will keep them, thankfully. Progress is great, isn't it?