What does anyone think of this article I found in the local paper? Camp amenities for troops face axe AURA SABADUS 21 September 2007 09:00 Troops preparing for the frontline in Iraq and Afghanistan are to lose morale-boosting facilities providing refreshments and entertainment as part of the latest overhaul to hit the forces. Thousands of servicemen and women training at two camps in Norfolk are to be left without immediate access to food and groceries, as NAAFI - the military's official trading organisation - is to close down at least two of its facilities in the county. The move follows a decision by the organisation to withdraw from the UK after 80 years of serving the British Armed Forces. At least 11 people are to lose their jobs as the leisure facility in East Wretham and the sub bar at Bodney will close at the end of October. There are fears that five more similar outlets at RAF Marham and RAF Honington will follow suit. Last night officials at the organisation said the facilities near Thetford had to shut, but refused to explain the exact reasons of the closure. Heather Bird from Thetford, one of the 11 employees working at both restaurants said the move will hammer our boys. East Wretham and Bodney are some of the most difficult training camps in the country. This is where troops train before they are posted to Iraq or Afghanistan. It's very hard work and the boys are overexerted. The facilities were there to offer welcome respite, food and entertainment after a long day of training, the 43-year-old mother of three said. I am truly worried about what will happen to our boys who will be absolutely hammered. They don't deserve this treatment. They are about to leave for one of the most difficult jobs in the world and some of them may not even come back. Giving them some food and entertainment is the least we can do, the cleaner explained. NAAFI which operates more than 500 leisure and retail services in 17 countries is to withdraw from the UK, following a decision by the MoD to put in place multi-activity contracts which include the provision of retail and leisure facilities for armed service personnel -with commercial contractors in the country. Last night Andrew Ellis, head of UK and ROW Operations said the UK establishments were gradually being handed over to contractors under the new multi-activity contracts. However, he refused to comment as to why the two facilities at East Wretham or Bodney will close down rather than be handed over to new contractors. Keith Simpson, mid Norfolk MP, added: If you have an alternative facility on the camp or are very close to a supermarket or grocer's shop, that's not too bad. But to leave no choice at all, that's wrong. Last night a spokesman for the MoD confirmed that NAAFI facilities throughout the country were being let out to commercial contractors. However, she added: There needs have to be assessed and only after a full investigation is carried out a decision will be made regarding their future use.