Certainly not in the Gunners. Grumble Grumble...might have got less extras if someone had been there to to iron my kit!
Lots of messes now run by *SHIVER* civilians now, so not included in contract all the nice things that used to happen (or so I'm told) like tea service wake up, shoe polishing, ironing etc. But probably better that way as it instills admin...
Barely enough military manpower to run the mess in fact (a fact in all 4 Regts I've served with), let alone provide Batmen.
I rather think it depends on the Mess and when the initial contract was set up. I have been to a number of Messes (HQNI included) where you could still put your boots and shirt and trousers outside the door for treatment. Before anyone who has not sampled such a service, leaps to a negative conlusion; a. the Mess members pay for it through 'Extra Messing'(?) and b. the 90 year old biddy who is the normal employee of Compass Catering has not had the benefit of a SNCO education.
The only gunner mess that had batmen was the School (RSA Larkhill). The batwomen there were a very mixed bag of bags who seemed merely to provide a cup of tea. No other batting services were provided although the mess bill had not been adjusted to reflect the reduction in those duties.
The gentleman who lived next door to me was however the recipient of early morning services from his batwoman, an arrangement which satisfied him (and her apparently) until the Mess Manager found out about it...apparently someone who was supposed to get his tea and biccie from her had complained about it being delivered consistently late and cold - and presumably out of breath??