A bug that spreads through ATRs that are a couple of hundred miles apart and doesn't affect either the civil or military population between them? Or the normal winter sniffles/cold that most people have this time of year which spread easily through a closely packed population whos immune systems have been affected by tiredness and a lot of hard physical activity outdoors?
which are especially amusing when a member of the Regimental hierachy is on the same "cancelled" train and happens to be in the guardroom when you phone up to make the excuse - as at least one lad from 11 Sig Regt last year can testify.
when i used to do ROS in chatham, i quickly learned to have BR national rail enquiries on my phone list, ready for sunday nights.
"i can't get back to work Sgt, i live in the middle of nowhere and the trains are cancelled" etc
"what's your home town and whats your nearest station?"
kept them on hold, called BR on my mobile, verify stations, confirmed trains running, times etc.
then read them back to Scrotey McLiar and order to report to guardroom on arrival. funny how they stop bullshitting when you read them a list of their train times with relevant stations and connections
also funny when they say "i can't get to the station", so tell him to put his dad on the phone. "Spr Fucknuts says you won't drive him to the station?" "wait till i get my hands on him, said he had a long weekend" etc etc.
i don't remember lying or bullshitting to try and come back late from a weekend of leave during training. think we were all a bit more scared of what they could do to us, in those days... *swings lamp* lol
We had a case of this when I was in basic 3/4 of the troop ended up bedded down some swung the lead walked into the MRS coughed and got bedded down as the staff were overrun with sick JLRS. This was just after the Christmas break as well.
I wonder if it's to do with the blocks being left empty over the break windows closed no fresh air circulating and heating on full whack. Breeding ground for bacteria. Add into the equation a slightly run down immune system due to the boozing over the break and away we go.
We were always taught to open the windows during the day to let in fresh air as apparently around the corners of the rooms most of the bacteria etc formed there.....any scab mech's confirm this?