Bassingbourne is an old RAF camp, it has one hanger, a ski slope and a lovely airfield to run around. If an estate agent was trying to sell it to you it would be described as "airy with development potential and uninterrupted views of the surrounding countryside"
IE Its windy, overgrown and in the middle of nowhere. I haven't had the pleasure of a CMSR there but I did once do a TACFT on the airfield. there's lots of little tracks to tab around and some artificial hills. There an outdoor range of about 100m and ISTR there are the odd bushes and copses knocking around.
If you really want to see the camp then get "Full Metel Jacket" out on DVD , the training bits were filmed there.
Oh and don't worry about the ghost of the American Airman, I'm sure thats just a local legend
I was posted there in the MRS in the early 80's when it was Depot the Queen's Div. As RAMC it was not fun
I hated doing the BFT around that bloody airfield and hated the CFT even more. There used to be a pub nearby called The Waggon & Horses. Now closed. Many a sore head and empty wallet due to that place.
I was living above the MRS and can honestly say that it was the worst posting I ever had.
It isnt a nice place at all. Done my regs basic training there in 93, and was also there with mpgs for a year s******!! As someone said previously a lot of the permanent staff seem to get into the shit there! I recall there was a bird selling herself basically for sex there. A MT driver was arrested for threatning a recruit with a kinfe. A PTI full screw went on the run after beating the crap out of his missus and took a duty car without anyones consent. Everyon seems to be a bit loopy there!!
I did my TA CMSR there a few weeks ago. PM me with any specific questions, but it wasn't anything like as bad as some people in this thread seem to be making out. I've certainly met a lot of people who had a far harder time on their TA CMSR courses.
Hi Mate, I did my basic at Bassingbourn and it was great. Just turn up with the kit they tell you to have, be on time, get a basic haircut before you arrive (you will get another one but it shows willing - no skinheads!!). You will need a little cash for bits and pieces but you should be able to get by alright without hyaving a huge wedge. Being a bit fit before you arrive is good, but don't worry everything is taken in staghes these days. Be polite to your platoon staff 9you only get one chance to make a first impression!). Don't get singled out as being too lippy, too clever, too quiet or too stupid. just be the grey man and keep your head down. Before you know it it will all be a thing in the past.
Did basic there in 94, nice place, remember a TV detector van getting stuck out on the airfield and our full screws telling us to laugh and point as we ran by! Ph and also rumour that a lot of the NAAFI staff were SIB, plenty of odd pervy mags in the shop as well to catch out deviants before they got to far!! heheh
Was sure there were 3 fook off bug hangers at least, one being the gym, another was empty and the last one was for drill (it's brill!). Not much else to say about the place, CS chamber out on the airfield... usual H blocks... blah blah...
We must have known each other. There was that lovely dental nurse. The RSM was ours before going to the Depot and he could be like that. The Provo Sgt was mostly pissed and he did try to shoot the guy. His pistol had a stoppage and he was too pissed to clear it.
I was a junior there in 74 and an instructor in 80. I loved the place. You could go on long run with the troops if they upset you and no one bothered. Cpl mess was outside my door. Had a brilliant gym and a 21mm AT range.
I did my basic training there as a junior in 2005. this place i shit like. cft is piss and bft is a run around the old airfield can be annoyin in da wind. they were beginin to du the place up when i left but the old paccomm is really bad
I go there every week to use the ski slope. The FMJ assault course is gone now, it has plenty of sport pitches and is right next to the town (not right next, but near by) of Royston so many of the squaddies go there.