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#1
Added: Saturday, 6 January, 2007, 14:23 GMT 14:23 UK

I'm 15 and I went on a 'Look at Life' course with the Royal Engineers in Surrey a few months back, and the accomodation we were in for 4 days was atrocious, there were 2 showers to share between 35 of us, most of the lockers to put our kit in were broken,the majority of beds were broken,the lights in the toilets did'nt work and some didnt flush , the only chance to get a drink of water was in the cookhouse, i.e. no running drinking water in the block! Is this the way to recuit new soldiers?!

Lewis Collins, Helston



Well what can you say............they did get a good look at life !!!
 
#2
newlynpirate said:
Added: Saturday, 6 January, 2007, 14:23 GMT 14:23 UK

I'm 15 and I went on a 'Look at Life' course with the Royal Engineers in Surrey a few months back, and the accomodation we were in for 4 days was atrocious, there were 2 showers to share between 35 of us, most of the lockers to put our kit in were broken,the majority of beds were broken,the lights in the toilets did'nt work and some didnt flush , the only chance to get a drink of water was in the cookhouse, i.e. no running drinking water in the block! Is this the way to recuit new soldiers?!

Lewis Collins, Helston



Well what can you say............they did get a good look at life !!!

Wait till you go on operations son!

It is acceptable to whinge about conditions, everyone else does!
 
#4
What?!?!?!?! Water in the cookhouse? WTF is he whinging about? It's positively 4 star!

Shandy drinking, trainer-and-burberry-wearing, long haired, pot smoking, ASBO'd TOSSER!
 
#5
dazzer said:
newlynpirate said:
Added: Saturday, 6 January, 2007, 14:23 GMT 14:23 UK

I'm 15 and I went on a 'Look at Life' course with the Royal Engineers in Surrey a few months back, and the accomodation we were in for 4 days was atrocious, there were 2 showers to share between 35 of us, most of the lockers to put our kit in were broken,the majority of beds were broken,the lights in the toilets did'nt work and some didnt flush , the only chance to get a drink of water was in the cookhouse, i.e. no running drinking water in the block! Is this the way to recuit new soldiers?!

Lewis Collins, Helston


Well what can you say............they did get a good look at life !!!

Wait till you go on operations son!

It is acceptable to whinge about conditions, everyone else does!

Hahahaha yeah mate... I thought you were Lewis Collins... I was going to make some remark about you lying about your age because 'The Professionals' ended well over 15 years ago and what was Gordon Jackson like in real life!

My apologies mate! :D
 
#6
Giblets said:
What?!?!?!?! Water in the cookhouse? WTF is he whinging about? It's positively 4 star!

Shandy drinking, trainer-and-burberry-wearing, long haired, pot smoking, ASBO'd TOSSER!
Hahahaha :D

It's what you are getting nowadays. There should be a minimum age limit of 21!
 
#7
And a maximum of 40, jsut so long as you ain't got a ASBO!
 
#8
Giblets said:
And a maximum of 40, jsut so long as you ain't got a ASBO!
Fcking amen to that :D

Man, I know I was a thick little turd at his age to about 21
but at least I didn't have an asbo (well they didn't have them in my day)or gob off. Thus keeping my good looks to this day!
 
#9
Aaaahh, alas-alack, I didn't get ASBO'd, but neither did I keep my model features. They got rather smashed up in fights-too-numerous-to-mention beforehand, and during, and actually, after too!
 
#10
Sounds like the kid might be in the cadets. I'm sorry but since when have cadets got running tap water in the block? lol Look at Beckingham. There must be enough for about 300 cadets there and if most of them are boys there is 1 tap in each of the two shower blocks which is drinking water? You can drip if you want to but whats the point in going to the press? Aaaahhhh they're all c*nts.
 
#11
Truly marvellous. I've been meaning to join this site for ages, and Lewis has forced my hand. I run the courses that Lewis attended, and I agree that the accommodation is not great. In its defence, it is transit accommodation, used by hundreds of soldiers during the year, all of whom are on short courses. I am acutely aware of the situation, but can do nothing because the powers that be insist on spending large sums of money on huge nuclear deterrants, huge transport aircraft, huge aircraft, and BIG SHINY ENGINEER VEHICLES. Nice of him to air his views on this, insted of coming to talk to me about it.
So far, about 3000 students have attended this course, and he's the first to complain. Oh well, he is interested in becomming an officer, so someone else will turn the light on for him!!

My first entry. Sorry, they will get better!!!!!



Well what can you say............they did get a good look at life !!![/quote]
 
#12
exwedge_international said:
Truly marvellous. I've been meaning to join this site for ages, and Lewis has forced my hand. I run the courses that Lewis attended, and I agree that the accommodation is not great. In its defence, it is transit accommodation, used by hundreds of soldiers during the year, all of whom are on short courses. I am acutely aware of the situation, but can do nothing because the powers that be insist on spending large sums of money on huge nuclear deterrants, huge transport aircraft, huge aircraft, and BIG SHINY ENGINEER VEHICLES. Nice of him to air his views on this, insted of coming to talk to me about it.
So far, about 3000 students have attended this course, and he's the first to complain. Oh well, he is interested in becomming an officer, so someone else will turn the light on for him!!

My first entry. Sorry, they will get better!!!!!



Well what can you say............they did get a good look at life !!!
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is anything he said untrue?
 
#13
Probably not, but then the cadets have always been accomodated in the most god-awful pits available, and still are (mate of mine works in a CTT)

I remember having much the same experience when I was a Cadet in some place in Folkestone. Can't remember the name, but it was a long time ago. (We were wearing puttees!) :oops:

I don't think the kid's a cadet. They'd be used to it. Sounds like a brat that's too used to his home comforts.
 
#14
The point being that money allocated for accommodation should be spent on SFA and SLA, after all these are places where people have to live. The bare minimum should be spent on transit accommodation where people spend a week or two there on courses or visits, in which case they should be so busy all they want to do is get their napper down at the end of a day (or finish the working day, get on the lash, swamp the bed and don't care if the waters for drinking or not!).

Most people with an ounce of brainpower would not expect the same standards of transit accommodation as would be expected from SLA.
 
#15
exwedge_international said:
...Nice of him to air his views on this, insted of coming to talk to me about it.
So far, about 3000 students have attended this course, and he's the first to complain. Oh well, he is interested in becomming an officer, so someone else will turn the light on for him!!

My first entry. Sorry, they will get better!!!!!



Well what can you say............they did get a good look at life !!!
[/quote]

Welcome ex-wedge - Shouldn't you be changing light bulbs or similar? :)
And as for Lewis - Bless 'im!
 
#16
Just a thought..... how many people will have been put off the idea of joining up because they believe the conditions of the transit accomodation would be what the army would expect them to live in fulltime?
Yes it is easy to make a joke out of what this lad has said. There have been numerous topics on AArse complaining about both accomodation and recruiting problems. Yet when a young lad makes a point about HIS impression of the army based upon what was an introduction to the Forces he is slagged off as if he was a recruit complaining that no-one had made his bed for him.
Transit accomodation is traditionally sh*te but I would suggest that if you want to encourage interest in the forces it may not be the best place to put people for thier first impression. I am sure this is not the fault of the teams organising the LAL but it certainly can't help thier job.

Can't believe I am defending the whingeing g*t
 
#17
As far as I know the only people who use that accomodation at Gib Barracks are guys on short courses and the kids on look at life. If the guys on short courses get marched in and out of their bed spaces and billed for damage who do you think is causing it?
 
#18
What, me, change a lightbulb, in this era of H&S overkill? You, my son are having a giraffe. I got told off for taking my knackered fridge lightbulb to the store for replacement when I was in Cyprus!
The storeman gave me the third degree for removing it myself. The fact that I am a qualified sparky in the RE held no weight with him.
Hells teeth, I would be strung up for trying to change a flourescent in the accommodation!!
Here's the system: When we are made aware of problems, we report them. Civvy company put in a tender for the job, and the lowest tender wins. Remember, the company with the lowest tender made our "battle winning" rifles! This company then employs lesbian wheelchair bound polish dwarves with colour blindness, ADHD, ASBOs, and hearing problems, who work like dogs for £1.50 an hour. They come in 6 months after the report, fix the wrong light in the wrong building, and then have the cheek to ask you to sign the paperwork.
Could be worse, I'm out soon!!
Anyone got any Polish language CDs!
 
#19
Rubbish if your Qm's dont like it **** em. There is a system in this army called self help. We take our bulbs down to the accom stores and get them changed there. They say they have run out of bulbs before but never you cant have one because your not qualified.
 
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#20
I reckon the poor young lad has a point. These people are our future. We need to sort this out right away and give some excellent en-suite accommodation to them so they have an idea what the British armed forces are like.
Once we have them signed up, we got the little chav f*ckers! We can stick the little b@stards in corrimecs with a poncho for a roof and a sh1t stained toilet with no bog roll between 100 of them. Character building I think they call it.

We need to look at this as modern day press ganging
 

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