Link to DT: MoD is considering an Army 'super-garrison' Quote: "A "super-garrison" of thousands of Army personnel may be created to house British troops when they are brought back from Germany. The Army base would be built at the historic RAF Cosford site in Shropshire, now home to a flight training and engineering college where 2,000 people are employed." The Canadians tried this super-garrison thing a few years ago, and we have already started with Merville Barracks in Colchester. "Soulless places" is the phrase that springs to mind. I know that many of the "Army of the West" in Canada were not too happy about moving to Edmonton into a new barracks built on the only runway capable of taking a C-5; and a super-garrsion in the east of the country had the highest suicide rate in the Canadian Armed Forces. The problem is that they are more (or should that be less) than just a large collection of barracks like at Catterick or Aldershot. All savings that could be taken are: so Messes all back onto the same kitchen, one cookhouse feeds the entire garrison, one mega-JRC where all sorts of fights can break out every night. However, there are benefits: the gymn should be massive and extremely well-equipped, there will be climbing walls, swimming pool, astro-turf and pelnty of playing fields (provided someone doesn't cut the budget). Everyone will have Z-class accommodation (although whether that's a good thing is another debate). It will be interseting to see if what remains of the post-FAS Regimental ethos is adversely affected by this dilution of unit identity. Any Canadian comment from someone who has lived in one?