Camp Souter.....

#1
Hello (again), just after some general info on Camp Souter as I believe it is a predominately Sigs joint. I will be spending 6 or 7 months there very soon.

Also what's the winter temperatures like in Kabul? I dont think I'm going to take much lightweight dress,if any.

Thanks.
 
#4
Mummy Bag? :?
 

BiscuitsAB

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#5
Predominantly R/Sigs. I'd take number 2's as well cause some soft **** of an SSM will sure as shit want a full on ******* Monday morning parade in 2's at least once a month.

And be prepared as previously stated for the Royal Corp to try and out inf the inf.

"Soldier first tradesman second, Sig Mack. Yes sir, of course sir! Is that because all our kit is shite sir and when it comes to it wont ******* work so we'll just become glorified gate guards. sir? I don't ******* like your attitude Sig Mack.. thats all right I'm not ******* hanging around her much longer as I'm so fucked up my feet don't even point in the same direction anymore so the Army's sending me back to civvy street. Your still going on CO's orders, right you are sir, I'll hobble up the ******* stairs with my leg in plaster and on my crutches and make you look a **** in front of the CO, sir" conversation between me (gobby ******* **** that I was) and SSM 1 sqn 30Sigs 1988.

I'm still a gobby **** and He's still a ******* Arrse probably finished now though, last seen as an LE Maj at 30 sigs Nuneaton. 2005 ish.
 
#7
I was in Kabul last winter, which locals say was the worst for 30 years and it was bloody freezing -23C one night.
 
#8
I spent a brief stint in Kabul January/February a few years ago.

I'd like to be jack and tell you to pack shorts and flip flops but a brief visit to the med centre saw me sat waiting with a lad who had a frost bitten foreskin.

Take every item of cold weather kit you own, especially if like us you're going to be working outdoors at night.
 
#10
Predominantly R/Sigs. I'd take number 2's as well cause some soft **** of an SSM will sure as shit want a full on ******* Monday morning parade in 2's at least once a month.

And be prepared as previously stated for the Royal Corp to try and out inf the inf.

"Soldier first tradesman second, Sig Mack. Yes sir, of course sir! Is that because all our kit is shite sir and when it comes to it wont ******* work so we'll just become glorified gate guards. sir? I don't ******* like your attitude Sig Mack.. thats all right I'm not ******* hanging around her much longer as I'm so fucked up my feet don't even point in the same direction anymore so the Army's sending me back to civvy street. Your still going on CO's orders, right you are sir, I'll hobble up the ******* stairs with my leg in plaster and on my crutches and make you look a **** in front of the CO, sir" conversation between me (gobby ******* **** that I was) and SSM 1 sqn 30Sigs 1988.

I'm still a gobby **** and He's still a ******* Arrse probably finished now though, last seen as an LE Maj at 30 sigs Nuneaton. 2005 ish.
Biscuits, unfortunatly still very much happening. Show parades and room inspections on this tour.

Fcuking lunatics with no job makes lads lives on tour a nightmare.
 
#11
All very true.
There are some men with beards, long hair and kit that's not quite issue living inside the hesko.
My US colleagues loved going there, believe it or not for the food. Food in Eggers was amazing but very US and processed (ISAF HQ was just shite). But wholesome pie, beans and real chips made with proper potatoes made the drive to Souter worthwhile.
And as an aside, the reason Souter is **** is because a few years back it was out of control; extended lunch breaks, jobsworth fuckwits and general idleness. Special Pay Service at their best. So some bright spark says it needs sorting so go to the extreme other end. Real soldiers like the Scaleys. Could have been worse - could have been the ******* medics, but that's another story.
 
#12
Biscuits, unfortunatly still very much happening. Show parades and room inspections on this tour.

Fcuking lunatics with no job makes lads lives on tour a nightmare.

Awesome! cnuts like that are what Darling and Melchett are based on!

The previous mentioned ssm first name steve had come direct from 8 sigs to 30. He had it on him about the buckles on the old plastic belt and how they should be green with no silver showing. Blokes were forever painting, rubbing down and re-painting those ******* things. It was a never ending job because the paint didn't have time to dry properly and would therefore last a day or so at most.
 
#13
Souter, as ever is a shit hole. Was there in '04 when there was an infantry company there whilst on OP TARROCK. Returned last year, for a very very brief visit, and found it still to be a shit hole just minus the infantry company. Whatever you do you need to develope your hard stare and swagger like the rest of the remfing cnuts there who think that as SF are there then they're all speshul.

As for the weather, take all your issued cold weather kit, put it in a Tina Turner and leave it at home. Invest in a high quality down ( Not a Mlarrr) jacket and some decent gloves as during winter it is feckin freezing.

Enjoy.


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#14
to the OP, i assume that you're going as the LSD Comd. Interesting job. Working predominantly to the QM of the KSU you'll be left pretty much to your own devices. Life in Souter is relatively comfortable, although as others have said, winter gets pretty chilly.

Top-tip, fully engage with your own CoC and get your own CO/OC up early for a visit - there is scope for the Kab Det to go rogue or native - a good visit early on (before the heavy snow) will provide reassurance and keep them off your back for the next 6 months!
 
#16
I have nothing but good memories of Souter, but then I was only living there and working up the road. As has been said the food was excellent, certainly much better than at IJC. My accomodation in the tents between the two blocks was as good as anything in theatre. And a big plus was the gym and the NAAFI, both very welcome, especially the gym as there was a distinct lack of the Italians in tight spandex which infested the IJC gym. Take warm clothing though because it can get cold at night and the temp often drops radidly once the sun dips below the surrounding mountains.
 
#17
As mentioned, fooking freezing in winter, but last winter was the worst one for donkey's.
Still warm in Kabul now, currently 28 degrees, and down to about 20 at night, been getting rain in the afternoon for the last week or so. Should keep warmish till about end of this month, then temp drops quickly.
Will be cold through till about March, then warms up, with top temperatures of about 40 during summer.
Souter is OKish, decent food, and load of locals trying to flog you fake North Face gear and local tat.
 
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#20
All very true.
There are some men with beards, long hair and kit that's not quite issue living inside the hesko.
My US colleagues loved going there, believe it or not for the food. Food in Eggers was amazing but very US and processed (ISAF HQ was just shite). But wholesome pie, beans and real chips made with proper potatoes made the drive to Souter worthwhile.
And as an aside, the reason Souter is **** is because a few years back it was out of control; extended lunch breaks, jobsworth fuckwits and general idleness. Special Pay Service at their best. So some bright spark says it needs sorting so go to the extreme other end. Real soldiers like the Scaleys. Could have been worse - could have been the ******* medics, but that's another story.
Were you there when the RLC element of the 'now defunct organisation formerly known as AMF(L)' were running that place? Their QM was an utter arsewipe. Their RSM was a decent bloke though, as was their RQ, but the rest of their management was arse. Apart from the lads from the TA Inf Coy who were there (who, despite being on the ball, were treated quite poorly), the chefs and the Pet Ops down the APOD, that unit were pretty much on holiday. Manky ******* as well. I much preferred the company of the Afghan civvies. They appeared more hygenic, and were less obnoxious and rank conscious. I'd have preferred to have been attached to the Sappers up the road, as they at least acted like they were on ops and were an all round bunch of decent blokes. You're right about the scoff though, the chefs outdid themselves. They had to put a stop on the Erics and the SPAMs tipping up at mealtimes. Mind you, you couldn't blame them for trying, you should have seen the crap the Germans were forced to eat in their cookhouse...and their was no alternative for any other multi-nationals attached to the Germans.
 

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