I find the one's in my daughters toy set usually does the trick (unlimited) but preferably one with money in it, sorry couldn't resist that.
Have spoken to lads who have recently returned and they inform me that Visa, Maestro can be used and the usual service charge will apply.
you gotta watch solo cards as some are only for electronic use only!! The EFI only accept cards that they can do manulay on the old style stamping machine! So look on the back and if it says for electronic use only then no but i beleive any that dont have that can be used! Also if ya go on OSD down to yank land then you can use your card in the px, and in the bank machines in the px and it will only cost Â£1.75 per transaction as it would on brittian!
You're better off taking a cheque book. That way you can cash cheques with your unit (most places do it once a week) and then buy stuff with cash. There's nothing worse than being stuck behind the chopper, in the EFI, that's trying to buy a can of coke on his Card. (They usually have to phone UK to authorise the transaction, so it can take ages).
I use both my HSBC Debit and Credit cards in theatre EFI and PX without problem - just don't be a plank and by a packet of crisps with them use cash! When you use cards usual charges will be applied by your bank.
Tell the bank you need a cheque book and why - your militray salary should be more than enough to satisfy their needs - having a cheque book should have nothing to do with the amount in your account you just may need to switch the type of account you have - some don't automatcally come with cheque books anymore. If they still dig in go to the NATWEST instead screw em!
If you have any direct debits etc ask for a reasonable over draft - my pay was cocked up at the start of the tour the overdraft came in handy over the transitional period while I sorted things out.
Hey DM credit rating bad - horse, stable door and bolted mean anything to you!
Still live and learn mate - but don't give up keep shopping around!
Just don't arrse around with cash in the future will make life a whole lot easier in later life - been there myself mate many moons ago and took a long time to make things better!
All else fails find a friend (and I mean a good one where there is trust both ways) arrange a direct debit to his account from yours and get him to draw a cheque for you - be careful though there may be a limit set per week that can be drawn by an individual - and don't shag it up either of you - make sure its a good friend and cancel the DD when you return or he makes a profit!. Its not good and its very un comfortable but if you get desperate - Only suggest this as a very last resort did same once upon a time.