NAAFI 100 years old this year!

RangdoOfArg

LE
Book Reviewer
I'm still paying for the mahoosive Technics stereo I stupidly bought on Tour in Northern Ireland, which I paid for using my shiny NAAFI credit card, in 1991.
Look after it.
Technics are superbly made; the day I was told my separates were beyond repair, it got a bit dusty….
 

RangdoOfArg

LE
Book Reviewer
Another NAAFI dit: bought a washing machine from Fallingbostel NAAFI when I got married in 1993. Used it to boil coveralls for a quick turnaround rather than go through laundry. Used it to wash webbing when QM said it wasn’t good enough. Took it from there to U.K. and was used for many years. Eventually door fell off. Found another for £10 and it lived on. One wash cycle only - hot.
Eventually it died, so we sent it to the great kerb in the sky.
And then noticed the label on the top. DM 110.
 
Kinloss bomb dump '61, horizontal sleet. Up hoves green NAAFI van, hurrah tea n wads. Rear hatch opens cheery Scottish lady shouts, "sorry lads I've no tea and only one cake left"

CFB
 

Old Scribes

Old-Salt
Look after it.
Technics are superbly made; the day I was told my separates were beyond repair, it got a bit dusty….
I found a very good repair shop in Nottingham when I was working there recently. Sorted out my 30+ years old Technics amplifier at a very reasonable price. Not so many places left that have the skills and knowledge to do this these days. A very knowledgeable and decent guy to deal with. His workshop is like taking a step back in time.

 
I fondly remember the pies. The finest concoction of grease, gristle and gravy that low paid pond life could buy. A welcome top-up to the barely edible stuff in the mess and beer absorbent.

Dont forget the gopping sauce red/brown that most covered the pie in. And the cellophane used to go that nicotine stain colour after the pies were hot(ish).
Pkt of Regal, pie and a brew for 50p.
 
Kinloss bomb dump '61, horizontal sleet. Up hoves green NAAFI van, hurrah tea n wads. Rear hatch opens cheery Scottish lady shouts, "sorry lads I've no tea and only one cake left"

CFB

I preferred the Sally Bash wagon that used to turn up to the ranges in Catterick. Lovely Chinese lass drove it and served the brew and stickies.
 

Ex_crab

Old-Salt
I'm surprised this hasn't been posted before.....NAAFI stood for No Ambition And F***all Interest.
In the 60s at RAF Wittering we also had a Malcolm Club. Apart from the Saturday night NAAFI hop guess where most people went for a beer. The "Mally" also had a van which came round on alternate days to the NAAFI, the difference was amazing.
 
When did NAAFI become overpriced and useless? WRVS could provide a much better service
WRVS was making a fair few quid in Tidworth with all the building going on MOD even did a full upgrade of their facilities and guess what the place was handed over to WRVS hope told MOD on the Monday that they were pulling out despite them telling MOD that they would continue with the one pound a year lease. Same thing in Bulford.

NAFFI

On the other hand happily did one out of the buildings they had and left six ISO containers denying all knowledge of then.

One ISO was full of Deployment bags one with a blow up castle one with a mobile kitchen and other crap. I did notice vending machines which possibly were opened with a pry bar.

Three months of my life waisted oh well the Cadets were happy.
 
When did NAAFI become overpriced and useless? WRVS could provide a much better service
And Sally's army and the Toc H.

And Little Ali outside the Bolan Super Sanger
 
True that. Still liked coffee made with hot milk at Lisburn when we was soaking wet.

Ah yes, the legendary NAAFI 'Milky Coffee' - I believe it was about 5p extra, but oh so worth it for that creamy coffee taste.

Usually accompanied by a mahoosive Garlic Baguette, with enough Garlic Butter in to take out a Romanian Carwash.

I do miss those milky coffees, only ever had them in NI to be fair.
 
Blimey, there are more Officer appointments than I thought!
I must be turning into some sort of socialist as I'm disgusted that so many serving or RO are required to make sure Tommy Atkins gets his NAAFI growler.

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How much do we taxpayers spunk on this bollocks when we could be tendering contracts to people who do it for a living instead of providing retirement jollies for the entitled classes?
Professignal providers like Sodexo etc.? Equally crâppy, and also infested with retired VSOs. Be careful what you wish for.
 
Professignal providers like Sodexo etc.? Equally crâppy, and also infested with retired VSOs. Be careful what you wish for.
At least you can finish a contract.
Your idea of a cute NAAFI infested with officers that know better belongs in the 20th century.
FYI, Sodexo is infested with former officers.
 
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