Whats life like in the barracks?

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What is life like in the barracks?

what can you do in your spare time in or out of the barracks?

How many people to a room?

Is the wireless internet access in the dorm?

Also, what hobbies are avialable with the army?

If you could answer these simple questions I would really apreatiate it. Thanks.
 
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This is the only question my recruiter didn't go into much detail in. Thats why I asked you guys. But i didn't sign up on a website just to get frowned upon.

Thank you any for your time.
 
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My experience, albeit very limited to several courses for the ACF and UKBA at a few UK establishments, should not be taken as any kind of authority, but my observations are as follows..

What is life like in the barracks?
Dull. Non-existent. Would be words I'd use. However, I would usually be absorbed by coursework or simply avoiding the other tools/pissheads and bores on my course.
what can you do in your spare time in or out of the barracks?
Drinking and fighting seem popular. Although there seems to be less fighting these days.
How many people to a room?
From 1 to 32. Great if you are on your own. Not so great if there are 32 of you and one has the norovirus or a nasty cold (both have happened to me)

Is the wireless internet access in the dorm?
Yes. And no. At Blandford, the Army's school of signals, I couldn't get on the wi-fi? Or much of a signal on an orange dongle either.

Also, what hobbies are avialable with the army?
Did I mention the drinking and fighting?
 
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I was only being respectful, and yes you are right, it is a stupid question.

anyways, What are your personal experiences on Basic Training and do have any good advise? :)
 
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You forgot the "trying to sh*g anything with a pulse" hobby!
I thought that only happens when the Naafi/XL bar runs out of booze early.

Although on one phase 2 establishment I did witness what looked like a knee trembler behind the bins of one block, but the gentleman in me dictated that I move along.
 
#11
Well if you didn't spell like a retard and ask retarded questions like:
LHRA6 managed three errors in 56 words. Not bad going these days.

On the other hand,

Actually you'd be surprised, I'm only a STAB/ATC CI and I wear my combat trousers at home all the time, I wear them to bed, holiday etc but than I'm what you would call barmy army, can't say I get to impressed seeing grunger students wearing them with their satanic pendents and all.
53 (ish) words. Hello Kettle, this is Pot, over.

This is a serious part of the site. If you can't be helpful, there are playgrounds elsewhere. And let's have less of the "only a STAB". STABs don't do "only", that's a Regular prerogative.
 
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What is life like in the barracks?

what can you do in your spare time in or out of the barracks?

How many people to a room?

Is the wireless internet access in the dorm?

Also, what hobbies are avialable with the army?

If you could answer these simple questions I would really apreatiate it. Thanks.
Spare time varies dependent on numerous factors, unit, role, etc etc but mainly do what u want as long as u stayed out of trouble

Sprog/crow should expect on average (camp accn variation) 4 man + rooms

Unless your is a relevantly newly z type or camp has it installed widespread some camps have wireless but don't expect great results,

Hobbies are what 'you' make of it
 
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I've been out of the Army for xx years but my guess is that no-one on here can give you a definitive answer as those are pretty generic questions. During my time in I was at 3 different barracks (not counting transit/course accommodation) and life was very different at each. Could even go so far as at one barracks, life changed simply by moving from one block to another. Say which corps/regiment you are planning on entering and someone from that corps/regiment will be able to give you a better idea. Hobbies and spare time are down to you.
 
#15
No one has mentioned watching hours of porn.

In barracks routine comprises:

Watching porn.
Scoff (eating)
Watching more porn.
Do some ironing.
Watch more porn.
Have shower.
watch porn.
Prepare to move to the nearest town to check out the totty - not that you'll be of any use as you will have thrapped yourself severely watching the aforementioned porn.
 
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Life in barracks is what you make of it. There are facilities on camp that you can use, such as the Gym, NAAFI, sports fields etc.

Your room depends on where you are based, and what is available. You could be in a singleman wanktank, or 2/4/8 man rooms.

Kit your grot out with whatever you see fit to make life comfortable for you.

Hobbies.....again down to you. You could join a regt sports team. Take up drinking/wanking as a hobby, or stamp collecting. You are limited only by your imagination. There is also the opportunity to get away on Adv Trg if you ask for it.

You'll probably find yourself out on the lash with the lads, taking every opportunity to smash the local scutters as often as wages allow.
 
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Ah, well, and this is supposed to be a serious part of the board. All you end up with are the ********* who did nothing, saw nothing and therefore ended up hating up. Or part timers who observed one place on a training weekend and formed a biased opinion there and then.
What is life like in the barracks?

what can you do in your spare time in or out of the barracks?
Anything you currently do. Life doesn't end simply because you have signed up. Life in a training unit will be totally different to that in a working unit. In training, you will be studying, preparing your kit, having inspections etc. In a working unit you will be able to do what you want to do. You will have more facilities available such as free gymnasiums, car clubs, sports facilities and, remember, you will not be as restricted to barracks as you are in training so you can go out and do whatever you want. Yes, the socialising is there and is excellent but is not the be all and end all of life as some people make it out to be.

How many people to a room?
Again, depends on the unit. A training unit can have 8 or 10 man rooms. The trend in a working unit is now to have single man rooms (after all, you are paying for it). Older camps may have 4 in a room but that is no longer the norm.

Is the wireless internet access in the dorm?
Once again, depends on the unit. Some do, some don't. There's nothing to stop you having your own wi-fi set up. Some provide it and others will have common rooms where it is available.
Also, what hobbies are avialable with the army?
Anything you put your mind to. Facilities will be available for anything from car maintenance to sub-aqua diving with everything in between. As I've mentioned, free gym and sports facilities, the chance to participate in any sports and many units have excellent facilities for hobbies. Depending on what Regiment/Corps you are going into. Computer clubs, computer gaming, you name it, you can do it.
If you could answer these simple questions I would really apreatiate it. Thanks.
They're not really simple questions as every camp is different. You could be out in the wilds of the country where it is difficult to get to anywhere or you could be in a city where everything is on your doorstep. Most camps tend to be near a village with a town about 3 or 4 miles away and a large city or town about 10 miles away.
The answer is really do what you want to do. What do you do in civvy street? All these, and many more, will be still be available to you if you avoid some of the advice of the posters on here and get out and do it. As an example, I was in a unit in Cyprus which had a saddle club, a sub-aqua club, a paragliding club, a rock-climbing club, a water sports club, a theatre club, a first class gym, every sports team you could imagine with an athletics stadium to boot. The opportunity to travel around the island with PRI vehicles available to hire etc. Yet still some would hang around barracks all day just waiting for the NAAFI to open or walk to the nearest village to get shedded and have kebab and chips! Same in Germany, complaining they were bored when the whole of Europe was on their doorstep. Don't listen to the dicks who say you will just get pissed, screw the local bike, thrap yourself to death in your room or whatever. These were the guys who were lucky to get to Corporal and left early. If you want to do something, the opportunity to do so will be massive compared to what is available in civvy street and most of it will be free (or for a small membership charge).
 
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My experience, albeit very limited to several courses for the ACF and UKBA at a few UK establishments, should not be taken as any kind of authority, but my observations are as follows..

Dull. Non-existent. Would be words I'd use. However, I would usually be absorbed by coursework or simply avoiding the other tools/pissheads and bores on my course.
Drinking and fighting seem popular. Although there seems to be less fighting these days.
From 1 to 32. Great if you are on your own. Not so great if there are 32 of you and one has the norovirus or a nasty cold (both have happened to me)

Yes. And no. At Blandford, the Army's school of signals, I couldn't get on the wi-fi? Or much of a signal on an orange dongle either.

Did I mention the drinking and fighting?
Shut up you tool. Your experience is of a youth leader in a youth movement staying in transit accomodation in training camps. You're also overweight, full of shite, and deserve a shoeing on a daily basis for your Afghan comments of last year. You fat ******.
 
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Shut up you tool. Your experience is of a youth leader in a youth movement staying in transit accomodation in training camps. You're also overweight, full of shite, and deserve a shoeing on a daily basis for your Afghan comments of last year. You fat ******.


You go girl! :)
 
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Pretend to be pissed even if you don't drink, it stops you getting dicked when they need bodies for something or other. Don't have all the gear otherwise your mates will be round all the time. Don't leave pictures of naked loved ones lying around especially if you're due a block inspection (do they still have those?) Don't go out and leave your room open because you may come back to find out your mate's been shagging the NAAFI bike on your pit and wiped his dongle all over your sheets. Keep yourself clean and don't piss off your fellow singlies, especially the psycho ones. Have one of the best times of your life then progress to the Mess where real life starts.
 
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