Support The Troops

#1
Read a post today about British troops in Afghanistan and Iraq are not getting much mail. The US has a Any Soldier mail program and the Canadians have started "adopting" soldiers to mail letters and care packages from home. This type of program can really boost morale and show the troops that people care.

British Soldier
c/o G1 Branch
HQ MultiNational Div (SE)
Basra, BFPO 641

And for a British soldier in Afghanistan:

British Soldier
c/o G1 Branch
HQ Helmand Province Task Force
Camp Bastion, BFPO 792.t
 
#3
tomahawk6 said:
Read a post today about British troops in Afghanistan and Iraq are not getting much mail. The US has a Any Soldier mail program and the Canadians have started "adopting" soldiers to mail letters and care packages from home. This type of program can really boost morale and show the troops that people care.

British Soldier
c/o G1 Branch
HQ MultiNational Div (SE)
Basra, BFPO 641

And for a British soldier in Afghanistan:

British Soldier
c/o G1 Branch
HQ Helmand Province Task Force
Camp Bastion, BFPO 792.t
T6,

I don't think our lot do "any soldier" packages due to the terrorist threat.

People trying to send stuff may have it returned.

You may want to check this before you go any further.
 
#4
letters or post cards will not go amiss though - I'm going to try to get 300 000 Shanghai college girls to send some.
 
#5
armchair_jihad said:
letters or post cards will not go amiss though - I'm going to try to get 300 000 Shanghai college girls to send some.
I'd still check.

Postcards can be used to gain info (home addresses etc - remember that PWRR Sgt whose home address was found at the home of a suspected fundamentalist) and lettets can be used to send "mystery powders".
 

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#6
armchair_jihad said:
letters or post cards will not go amiss though - I'm going to try to get 300 000 Shanghai college girls to send some.
Hey - do you want my address too? :p :p
 
#8
Auld-Yin said:
armchair_jihad said:
letters or post cards will not go amiss though - I'm going to try to get 300 000 Shanghai college girls to send some.
Hey - do you want my address too? :p :p
I have overflow address should Auld Yin postbag get to full, or should that be too Empty!!
 
#9
Does no one remember but a few years back when Telic started? It was done all the time, our squadron used to get letters by the sackful and other goodies that people had managed to blag for free from companies (porn, mostly).
 
#11
On Telic II we recived shoe boxes off people, sweets, razors etc, church groups I think, must be due to lack of porn or even a lads mag, but well appreciated all the same
 
#12
Contacted the MOD at the beginning of last year about sending parcels/mail out to ANY SOLDIER in the gulf. Their response was no parcels as a potential terrorist threat & no mail as they get all they want from family & friends, stranger mail was neither wanted or needed by serving soldiers.
 
#13
I think MOD have a drama with packages being sent to 'any soldier', partly because of the potential for them to contain all manner of unpleasantness, whether it be stuff that goes bang or food that can go out of date before it reaches the soldier (and that's NAAFI's job), but above all because parcels under 2kg are free, and they will have to pay.
 
#14
Managed to find a named soldier (husband of someone I work with), he got the M&S goody boxes. Would have thought that one of the service charities would take up the cause to keep front line troops supplied with goody boxes from caring civvies.
 
#15
So 300 000 Shanghai lovelies sending amateur ‘comfort’ Polaroids to ‘bwave ingerlish soldiers' with only PRC return address would be a breach of security?
And would be distained by the lads in the field who are basking in the magnificent support and comfort lavished upon them by a grateful Government?
 
#16
Higround said:
Does no one remember but a few years back when Telic started? It was done all the time, our squadron used to get letters by the sackful and other goodies that people had managed to blag for free from companies (porn, mostly).
The same happened during Op Granby (Gulf 1990-91) and was greatly appreciated, but I can see the arguments against it continuing indefinitely.

Thanks to T6 for noble intention. I have noticed this being pushed on various bulletin boards etc.

Why not just send the money ;)
 
#17
I will find out if the welfare teams at the hospital in Shaibah (and coming soon to Afghanistan), would be able to make use of stuff like toiletries, DVDs, shreddies, socks, towels and the like.
 
#18
VB, no need although your intentions are very honourable

DMWS out in TELIC have just managed to get a contract up and running between CIVSEC and NAAFI to have male/ female emergency packs (wash shave etc) provided for people brought in IOT tie them over until their Units bring some kit. Same with some basics in clothing and Uniform. Only taken 3 years mind you!!! On top of that they get regular supplies of DVDs,m boardgames and books. SO many that TELIC Hosp now forwards some bits of kit to HERRICK Hosp. HERRICK has sweet FA and would be a better focus for helping our people as the whole OWP is only just beginning to get out there.

Having said that, I will speak to some "friends" and will see what either theatre needs so we dont send them another 200pairs of socks when they already have 300 pairs..... and what they really need is underwear etc.... As I said I am certain HERRICK is the theatre that needs all it can get.
 
#19
I am sure any excesses could be passed on to the locals in AFG. Some of them would appreciate a pair of socks with the winter approaching. It is likely to at least double their existing collection and would look good with sandels
 
#20
rennug said:
I am sure any excesses could be passed on to the locals in AFG. Some of them would appreciate a pair of socks with the winter approaching. It is likely to at least double their existing collection and would look good with sandels
They're Afghan tribesmen not German tourists!
 

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