AMS MEMORIES - 70s & 80s

Saw a thread like this on another forum and thought we could have a list of our own for those of a certain age! Any additions? Remember:
BAOR and bigger than the cast of Ben Hur!
BFG car plates
BFTs in boots
KF shirts & jumpers with draw cords
ORTs and crashouts
The Russians attacking - maybe
Armd Fd Ambs - back again by popular demand!
Military Hospitals and no/minor waiting lists
Promotion after 6 months
Promotion for sporting prowess - does that still happen?
THE SMG - (I miss you)
Sleeping off the booze on the scrim nets
Drinking on a work day lunchtime then going back on the park
No females in field units
Drill was not a dirty word
Tinned ration packs
Any more?
All that and having fun too


Wondering where the middle sausage had gone from the compo sausage tin
Herfy suitcases
Sports afternoons
LE Officers being ex-RAMC
Living in a block with 20 other blokes
Watching the RMP take the Pay bloke away every six months
Paying your fuel bill to the said pay bloke
Being told wet canvas would spontaneously combust
Re patching scrim nets
Getting the best scrim poles from some nature reserve on Soltau
Wolfgang's bratties
B D's
44 patern webbing
Hose Tops
Kings Crown Cap Badge (still have mine)

Need I go on ??

Even VENTRESS is to young to remember these :lol:

Leaf sweeping then stick them on tree (Staff Collage demo).
Snow clearing (blizzards only).
432s Parked between tree (no garages in those days)
Convert to Mk2s then back to mk1s then back to mk2s then mk1s changing CES every time.
Tin City site guard possibly the best site guard in the world.
War stopping Friday 23:59 and starting Monday 00:01 prompt.
ADFA not AFAs , and certainly no Medical Regiments.
Sick Kids Nurses
Herfi handbags
itchi shirts
box painting (sorry - still goes on today)
promise of tech pay !!!
compulsary vaccine parades
DS could shout and swear at scrotes
no PC brigade


War Hero
Border patrols :eek: Get on the bus, get off the bus!
Ten Mark Alleys
The Shack (Minden)
Instant speed fines and no points
New cars
Trips to Hamburg for the weekend
Gyros on the way home
Crash outs (There was a name for it I think)
Ludwigs layer!

Guess who's coming to dinner? 3 SHOCK ARMY!
Squadron bar with only tinned beer
SSM that threatened hell but was always right behind the lads
Petrol coupons that you flogged to the pads
Active edge (crash out)
Currywurst and frittees and the delightful beer soaking roll
German cops who only wanted 20dm for speeding
NAAFI finance for the HI FI
Tax free everything
2 Kero htrs and a tin of cheese possesed.and fresh bread
George with a new hand painted red bulb for the penthouse (439)
Some damn good memories
Active edge - call outs
Salvation army - for a cheese roll n' Coffee
Spiel-a-Tec (?) Minden - Pac Man and Space invaders in German!!
Tin city at Sennalager - living in tents
10 mark alley
Porto Disco's on a saturday night (outside Minden) -
dancing to Donna summer I feel Love and Mighty Real by Sylvester
Turkish 'spiks' wanting to knife you...
Queuing for the telephone outside the front gate
Site Guards with the Americans
Letters getting 'em and writing 'em
Watching German Tele 'cos that's all there was
Tin city at Sennalager - living in tents - again
Buying big stereo record decks from the NAFFI
(still got mine in the garage)
Watching Porn films from the end of the Bar downtown - ratted!
MORELLO (spelling ??)


Puckridge Ammo site Guard
Mons Bks when it was for Medics and RADC, oh and some RCT trials unit oh and 42 Sqn
The rat pit
Naafi Roundabout
Canal Runs down the Basingstoke canal
Parachute Clearing troop
In Aldershot
The (juvenile jive) 2/22 Fd Hosp disco
Fun at work with decent people
Liz House
New House
F Spider
In Woolwich
5 to 1 club
NAAFI shag/ disco
Nights out in London
Being treated as new meat by the nurses
Friday night after work
Cheap beer
Rinteln Rugby Club
Exercise all kit notional including staff

Working in military hospitals


Book Reviewer
Stagging on at Thornhill Bks watching the totty go skiing
Saighton Camp
Waiting on at the Keogh Bks WOs' & Sgts' Mess
The ceilings in covered walkways in Thornhill Bks - used for hiding loads of 'contraband' and then collapsing
The hanger at Farnborough
Aggghhh. You weren't posted to 2 or 22 as it became, you were told normally on COs order your out of here, then straight into to the RSMs " where will they post me too sir" RSM " well son looks like its up the fcuking hill for you" Punishment posting don't make me laugh best job I ever had.
Samway anchors
432 Mk 1
Stretchers that didn't fit into SH
No pre-deployment training
58 ptn webbing
Godfrey bags
Boots DMS & Puttees
No monitoring
Ambulances that were equipped as minibuses
Ambulance trains that were equipped as trains
Ambulance coaches that were equipped as coaches
Doctors who could become DGAMS without ever having commanded or completed a staff appointment
Morphine syrettes
Surgical equipment that hadn't changed since WW2

Oh and

Apprentice College
5 to 1 Club
BMH Berlin
BMH Dharan
BMH Hong Kong
Ward Stewardess, SEN, SRN, Medical Storemen, Dispensers
Drugs Scandal
Medic Hating 4 fd Regt RA
Painting Wagons (That were older than yourself)
" A " Jobs that you did on one day to find out that the " A " job pixie had been at work during the night
Pongo's Bratty Wagon with industrial Mayo on your chips

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