Kit list for new-recruits

A friend of mine is shortly joining the REME and is going through his training at Pirbright but something he said has got me scratching my head.

Apparently the recommend kit list he was given by the AFCO has suggested that he buy his own service issue sleeping bag because they are in short supply at Pirbright. Is this true?

If this is true its a shocking state of affairs. I'm a little annoyed as being a stacker I have access to all manner of kit including sleeping bags and could have sorted him out if he'd just asked, as it happens I'm scrapping together a few other bits for him anyway.

Being as I'm now RAF and its a long time since I was an army basic recruit is there anything else that you'd suggest that I could get through service sources to make his passing through Pirbright a little easier or should I just leave him to the wolves?
Through service source's....hmmm...
...Suppose you could ask your oppo's for there collection of porn and chuck it (with a gloved hand) his way!
I'm sure that wouldn't go amiss :D

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