mctc Colchester (The prison)- How bad is it?

#1
wondering if Colchester had changed much in 20 years- My Dad was there in 87 and was telling his horror stories. I can imagine nowadays it would be a lot more touchy feely tree hugging balls?

Am I right?
 
#2
Try searching for it on google, there are some interesting links. never got there myself although I was sentenced to 4 months in 1980 ( discharged the next day because of mittigating circumstances) long story. What you need to remember is that it is a military corrective training centre, so for those staying in, its about taking them back to basics then building them back up ready for return to unit. For those getting out, its just a matter of doing their time and for those waiting for civie procedings f*ck knows I would have thought they would want rid of them asap. Must be better than the unit knick though?
 
#3
It was bad back in the 70s I did 94 days there. nice hot chocolat though.
my thanks to Staff Glencarol for his help at that time.
 
#4
Colchester hasnt change much, its still as boring as ever.
 

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#8
No, but you can be sent to Coventry for acting like a twat.
 
#9
Only ever knew 2 guys who went to MCTC. Just down the road from Roman Barracks. They went in there as scrawny striplings dragging their kitbags. When they emerged 4mths later, they were built like bulldozers & carrying their kit on their shoulders at the double. One of them had heard that if you lost your trigger finger, the army would discharge you. (Yeah, sure - typical old QM storeman's beer-bar bullshyt.) He invited his mate to remove the offending digit with an axe, which his mate did. They both had to serve out their time on return to unit.
Cliff.
 
#11
CliffS said:
They went in there as scrawny striplings dragging their kitbags. When they emerged 4mths later, they were built like bulldozers & carrying their kit on their shoulders at the double.
Just as it should be!
 
#12
sapper 1743
did you enjoy the pleasure of moving the sand pile from one end of the square to the other in a sand bag in full webbing and tin hat
much harder than colchester
 
#13
I wish it had been my dad there in 1980 but it was me. Bed and breakfast so 56 days but out in 38.

There was quite a thread on Aviation about it, I should know, I started it.

HERE
 
#14
I was there for 120 days, soldier on in 1985 :D

Then, it was the old nissen huts. The provost staff weren't allowed to double us everywhere, as a previous inmate had had a heart attack. Their answer to this was to speed march :shakefist:

Ah, the memories :meditate:
 
#15
mistersoft said:
I wish it had been my dad there in 1980 but it was me. Bed and breakfast so 56 days but out in 38.

There was quite a thread on Aviation about it, I should know, I started it.

HERE
...and very funny it is too - well worth the read.

Litotes

PS; MS, you owe me.....
 
#16
dave9727 said:
Try searching for it on google, there are some interesting links. never got there myself although I was sentenced to 4 months in 1980 ( discharged the next day because of mittigating circumstances) long story. What you need to remember is that it is a military corrective training centre, so for those staying in, its about taking them back to basics then building them back up ready for return to unit. For those getting out, its just a matter of doing their time and for those waiting for civie procedings f*ck knows I would have thought they would want rid of them asap. Must be better than the unit knick though?
No such thing, these days. There are Garrison detention centres now, apparently. The last time the Adjutant jailed someone, we had to send transport some 20 miles away!

Litotes
 
#17
Litotes said:
mistersoft said:
I wish it had been my dad there in 1980 but it was me. Bed and breakfast so 56 days but out in 38.

There was quite a thread on Aviation about it, I should know, I started it.

HERE
...and very funny it is too - well worth the read.

Litotes

PS; MS, you owe me.....


Sorry Litotes, the cheque must have bounced. I'll pop another one in the post today.
 
#18
The amount of blokes who told their parents they were in the Marine Commando Training Center Colchester, didn't want to tell them the truth!
 
#19
mistersoft said:
Litotes said:
mistersoft said:
I wish it had been my dad there in 1980 but it was me. Bed and breakfast so 56 days but out in 38.

There was quite a thread on Aviation about it, I should know, I started it.

HERE
...and very funny it is too - well worth the read.

Litotes

PS; MS, you owe me.....


Sorry Litotes, the cheque must have bounced. I'll pop another one in the post today.
mistersoft, your other post brought back fond memories, most I had managed to suppress :frustrated:
 
#20
Glad (I think) to be of help.

With my measly 56 days, it was hardly worth unpacking. With 120 days you can really settle in a bit.
 
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