MLA for Navy Army Air Force Institute
Stands for No Ambition And Fuck-all Interest
Loyal and well-loved supplier of out of date nutty, grossly obese birds (see Women) and Camp Bikes to HM Forces. Male canteen managers tend to look as if they have been locked in a darkened room playing Dungeons and Dragons since they were four years old, and are usually well represented on the local Sex Offender's Register.
Perhaps the most impressive thing about NAAFI is the way that they have made supposedly 'tax-free' high value consumer goods, sold in operational theatres, cost more than they do on the High Street back home. Amazingly, a crap, bottom of the range digital camera, sold at the NAAFI at Basra Airport, costs about 30% more than it would cost at Dixons on Oxford Street. Cool. Particularly when the wily soldier cottons on to the fact that, via his free military internet connection, he can export anything he wants to himself at substantial discounts.
In its time the NAAFI was the centre of all Forces life providing refreshment, a place to chat and even get some cheap boot polish.
Sadly modern NAAFI`s are all about fleecing young squaddies after making them wait in a queue for 20 minutes only to be told "We don't do Cash Back on a weekend"
Most NAAFI`s now belong to the SPAR group who have actively downgraded as many sites as possible.
SPAR have introduced the £1.50 a go Cash links skimming even more money out of the Toms but hey, its an open market...NOT!!
See also Church Army.