I think young mister RE is a cassette so he'll be the one turfing you out into the tents! NAAFI's a bit pants (If it's open!). It's called The Bullet I think. Camp has a weird internal fence around a lot of the accom. Rumour is that the camp was set up as a POW camp during GW1 for all the thousands of Iraqis that were expected.
Oh, if there are cadets of camp then get to scoff PDQ. There can be a line of the feckers about 100 meters long in about 10 minutes flat! And bring your own mug and scoff rods to the cook house. And finally, the food is dog shite! Them Eggs have been frying for longer than we've both been alive!
Im one of those "little feckers" im afraid! , well just got out of, I just transferred from Air Cadets to Army Cadets, and when we did this years annual longmoor camp in the Air cadets, a group of 20 regulars (all officers with maroon berets, but not para cap badges) and a few with Commando berets had to go to the back of our queue!! and once we were done, there was hardly any "dog shite" left to eat for them!
Apologies if anyone here was any of those officers!!
May I interject here and say longmoor s an excellent facility, depending on the nature of exercise you are using it for.
It has an excellent OBUA complex that unlike the common breeze block sanitised complexes you find dotted about the place, this is an ex pads estate, so therefore you are training in realistic buildings.
There is as an SF base which can be used either on its own or in conjunction with the OBUA complex, which makes for good OPTAG type training.
Also o the camp is a 25m barrack range and a DCCT range, external to the camp are three LFTT ranges, one of which is ETR. There is also a CBRN chamber, which is in an underground bunker (great for freaking troops out, it is quite intimidating). There is an armoury on camp and a magazine for ammo out on the area.
The training area, although quite small, is good enough for dismounted Platoon size exercises, and great for tabbing, running (watch out for dog walkers though).
On a downside, the accommodation is not brilliant, but at the end of a hard day all you need is a bed to sleep in. There is separate accom for SNCO's and Officers although there are no actual Mess facilities. The NAAFI (Longmoor Bullet) is open if your unit has the foresight to book it in advance, and actually it is not a bad little place.
All in all, like I say, depending on the nature of your training, it is an excellent facility. The RMP CPU are permanently based there and it meets their training needs adequately.
Longmoor is for winners, great little camp which hosts all manner of facilities. If you know what you want to achieve from your exercise, conduct a thorough recce before hand and liaise with the camp staff (no they are not all poofs, before someone makes a wise crack), explain your objectives and aim, then book the facilities you need to meet your requirements, Longmoor should fulfil your needs.
If you book at the last minute, don't bother your arrse with a recce, and have a shabby MEL on a fag packet (or you are a cadet unit or TA outfit), then you will not make the best of what the camp has to offer!
I remember a feckin great muddy hill we had to grovel up - and down - and up and ............ up side was so many holes have been dug before you just had to pick a recently filled grave and it was a piece of pish!
Always rather liked the place myself and it certainly beat Crowborough and St Martins for regimental weekends. The facilities weren't bad for a central training weekend and, so long as you booked in advance the NAAFI wasn't bad, the Sgts mess looked dire but the officers mess was actually quite good as a building. Accommodation/cook houses were pretty so-so. Classrooms ditto - the Kitchener Theatre started life as the indoor riding school when it was the mounted infantry depot...
Presumably when the REME up sticks at Borden and head to Wales there's a good chance that Mr Barrett will appear with his tape measure and helicopter to produce yet more commuter breeding boxes, so enjoy while you can.