Today I had to show my lad how to use a tommy cooker and make a brew (bisto) and a quick meal, noodles and beans. Not only was getting hold of hexi difficult but no one seems to stock compo. I appreciate it has changed since I left 16 years ago when arctic compo was a novelty. I have no idea where to acquire compo. The lad went to atc and was asked to bring food in, so the wife gave him a pack of sausages. No end of grief, all the others had little gas cookers and mess tins. I have a couple of non stick pans camping size so we got stuck in and made a quick lunch. I remember from my pre army days as a cadet the compo going out to menus E & F but I suppose it has all changed. We used to get a lesson at ACF in compo and cooking before going on ex and a similar but better one during the first field ex at Shornecliffe. Is this done anymore? What got my goat was thelack of info they give thecadets at final parade and the lack of passing on of knowledge by the older lads.