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“Worse than in Afghanistan”: British military complained about life in domestic barracks

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The soldiers of the British army in the city of Aldershot have been living without stable access to hot water and heating for almost a year. Some of the soldiers claim that life in the local barracks is “worse than at the front line,” writes BBC.




“These complaints illustrate a broader problem faced by the United Kingdom Department of Defense. On the eve of the heads of departments said that they need more money to carry out repairs and maintenance of numerous real estate facilities, ”the article cites. InoTV.

More than a hundred British soldiers live at the base in Aldershot. The BBC correspondent was able to talk with the military.

“I have never seen a hot shower in my block,” “Our rooms are freezing,” “We have low morale,” the journalist heard such confessions.

A certain Susan (her name was changed) told him that she had previously served in Afghanistan, where she had to live in a tent, but even there "there were no such problems with the shower and the laundry as in Aldershot."

Go back to Britain and not get hot water with heating is a shame,
she thinks.

Prisoners are treated better than us. But we have not committed any crimes
said her colleague. She is confident that "heating and hot water should be a basic human right."

According to the girls, they were forced to buy heaters with their own money, “in order to keep warm in a residential area”. All these problems, of course, affect the morale.

We do not feel that we are truly valued or cared for,
adds one of them.

This case is far from a single one: “According to the 2017 survey of the year, only 49% of British servicemen called the living conditions satisfactory, which is 4% lower than the results of the previous survey,” concludes the publication.
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  1. Dormidont
    Dormidont 26 February 2018 15: 37
    +6
    And nobody holds you
  2. seregatara1969
    seregatara1969 26 February 2018 15: 37
    +8
    Closer to each other will be pressed at night!
  3. Russia
    Russia 26 February 2018 15: 38
    +17
    Probably ugly, that no one warms, but she is insulted.
  4. KVU-NSVD
    KVU-NSVD 26 February 2018 15: 39
    +13
    “I have never seen a hot shower in my block”, “Our rooms are freezing”,
    I directly remembered the officer hostel "Fairy Tale" in Znamensk in 03-04 laughing True, its inhabitants didn’t especially lose their spirit laughing ... it’s true that young and non-family lived there ... It was fun
    1. Berber
      Berber 26 February 2018 15: 45
      +13
      They would be in our conditions. The laundry was washed with a brush and soap, and a temperature of 16 in the barracks is normal. A dining room. Such dishes as "polar bear meat", they certainly do not know.
      I'm not talking about the current time. Compared to us, now the fighters are at the resort.
      1. KVU-NSVD
        KVU-NSVD 26 February 2018 15: 50
        +18
        Yeah, a bicus with an army pickle sample of my service at the beginning of the zero would definitely not have caused them enthusiasm laughing I erased the form easier - soaked for a day in powder, then squeezed it many times and rinsed .. it worked fine. A +16 yes .. it was considered quite bearable .. laughing
        1. Cutter
          Cutter 26 February 2018 15: 57
          +14
          And what did you think, got into a fairy tale?
          Serviceman "... must endure all the hardships and deprivations of military service ...". And if in the "field" to throw for a couple of weeks? Jerks ...
          1. KVU-NSVD
            KVU-NSVD 26 February 2018 16: 04
            +7
            . And if in the "field" to throw for a couple of weeks? Jerks ...
            Yes, a month in the February steppe in a field camp is not for the faint of heart laughing It was considered good life here if we had the opportunity to drag everything that can be used for laying on the floor from the PPD on machines laughing Who could not or found it unnecessary in tents went above the ankles in the water and thinner .. lol But it was fun ...
            1. Cutter
              Cutter 26 February 2018 16: 20
              +13
              Quote: KVU-NSVD
              . And if in the "field" to throw for a couple of weeks? Jerks ...
              Yes, a month in the February steppe in a field camp is not for the faint of heart laughing It was considered good life here if we had the opportunity to drag everything that can be used for laying on the floor from the PPD on machines laughing Who could not or found it unnecessary in tents went above the ankles in the water and thinner .. lol But it was fun ...

              Yes, Victor! hi At the school, we had hot showers once a week, and they shaved, and they washed their feet with ice-cold water, I still do not change my habit.
              And "these" will not go into battle without ice cream ... request
        2. Alexey RA
          Alexey RA 26 February 2018 16: 58
          +7
          Quote: KVU-NSVD
          Yeah, a bicus with an army pickle sample of my service at the beginning of the zero would definitely not have caused them enthusiasm

          Shrapnel with unshaven pork skin. Or pea puree with canned "Atlantic ear". For dinner. laughing And a constant compote with sand.
          Bathhouse - once a week. In the barracks - only cold water.
          1. KVU-NSVD
            KVU-NSVD 26 February 2018 17: 04
            +13
            Subscribe to everything laughing True pea or any other porridge with canned fish was quite edible against the background of other culinary " soldier frills "
            1. Doliva63
              Doliva63 26 February 2018 17: 37
              +8
              You’re running around the “hillocks” for a day, the stew with pea porridge seems to be a delicacy laughing drinks
      2. LASVEGAS
        LASVEGAS 26 February 2018 16: 10
        +10
        Washing in gasoline is our everything :). Wash quickly, dry quickly and smell for a long time :)
        1. Berber
          Berber 26 February 2018 16: 13
          +4
          Explicitly car fleet good laughing
          1. tso1973
            tso1973 12 March 2018 14: 33
            +1
            There is not only a fleet, he served in the Airborne Forces and technicians from the neighboring part took gas from the AN-2, camouflage dries quickly after washing and almost does not smell!
            1. Berber
              Berber 13 March 2018 08: 38
              0
              Technology however. good
    2. rocket757
      rocket757 26 February 2018 15: 46
      +5
      Cool, no soul and morale vanished ???
      Well ka, well ka, sho still seem, sales became interesting ???
      By the way, what about in Znamensk ... in the summer like in Africa, in the winter like in the Kazakh steppes!
      1. KVU-NSVD
        KVU-NSVD 26 February 2018 15: 55
        +7
        By the way, what about in Znamensk ... in the summer like in Africa, in the winter like in the Kazakh steppes!
        Very to the point laughing And another month from the end of May to the end of June from midges full opa laughing I was saved by a mixture of vanilla and cloves, and even then with varying success winked store funds to local bloodsuckers like a dead poultice ..
        1. rocket757
          rocket757 26 February 2018 22: 39
          +2
          This year, the mundial promises midges lime! One way or another. Like the season of universal vanilla is canceled!
          Only feels to us, they will be harassed with fish !!! What fishermen are not a plus for us.
  5. andrewkor
    andrewkor 26 February 2018 15: 47
    +14
    In my time in the ranks of the USSR Armed Forces, 1971-73. there was no hot water in the barracks. Once a week in a bathhouse or in a dress in the kitchen. Another distiller on the telephone exchange for topping up in electrolyte and hot tea on night duty is all joy. I will not hide the fact that the lack of hot water in the company wash at first shocked me, I’m a city man, but after taking the Oath, I put up with this!
    1. shans2
      shans2 26 February 2018 15: 53
      +10
      It’s shocking me, how can the lack of hot water (not cold) shock in the 70s in the barracks .... now it’s not shocking me even once .... at the camps, not everyone has electricity and mountains of water, respectively .. No, if there wasn’t a bathhouse ... it’s understandable .... somehow there wasn’t any hot water in the pioneer camp either ...
    2. A. Privalov
      A. Privalov 26 February 2018 16: 00
      +5
      Quote: andrewkor
      In my time in the ranks of the USSR Armed Forces, 1971-73g. there was no hot water in the barracks. Once a week in a bathhouse or in a dress in the kitchen. Another distiller on the telephone exchange for topping up in electrolyte and hot tea on night duty is all joy. I won’t hide that the lack of hot water in the company’s washstand shocked me at first, but after taking the Oath I put up with it!

      In 1972-1974, the picture was the same. Once a week, they drove to a city bath. True, we had one tap with warm water in the washroom. Before the army at my place, we lived in a communal apartment, there was an old gas water heater, but there were no bathing facilities, so it was usual to go to the bathhouse. The British have a good everyday life, but the thing is different. For several years, everything has not collapsed. These are the fruits of the ugly leadership of several governments in recent years 20-25. I think that they will cope there, with time.
      1. Alexey RA
        Alexey RA 26 February 2018 17: 00
        +7
        Quote: A. Privalov
        The British have a good everyday life, but the thing is different. For several years, everything has not collapsed. These are the fruits of the ugly leadership of several governments in recent years 20-25.

        Rather, these are the fruits of the inconsistency of traditional barracks and the modern idea of ​​minimal comfort. smile
        EMNIP, the British, even in residential buildings with indoor temperatures, have traditionally been shitty.
        1. A. Privalov
          A. Privalov 26 February 2018 19: 12
          +1
          Quote: Alexey RA
          Quote: A. Privalov
          The British have a good everyday life, but the thing is different. For several years, everything has not collapsed. These are the fruits of the ugly leadership of several governments in recent years 20-25.

          Rather, these are the fruits of the inconsistency of traditional barracks and the modern idea of ​​minimal comfort. smile
          EMNIP, the British, even in residential buildings with indoor temperatures, have traditionally been shitty.

          It was a long time ago. In the days of coal fireplaces. Today, the situation has fundamentally changed.
          1. gfs84
            gfs84 27 February 2018 12: 48
            +1
            It was a long time ago. In the days of coal fireplaces. Today, the situation has fundamentally changed.


            Even if this is the past, it’s not so old:

            http://www.freecity.lv/bestseller/55/
            http://www.freecity.lv/bestseller/56/
            http://www.freecity.lv/bestseller/59/
      2. Rt-xnumx
        Rt-xnumx 27 February 2018 07: 58
        +5
        In 1984-86 in Ussuriysk, the water in the barracks was not only warm, but cold was given only after 22-23 hours. At night, they did everything: they shaved, washed, and washed. In theory, after the lights out, all cases are forbidden, but the command turned a blind eye to it - otherwise it was not possible there.
        And in the winter in the barracks there was a knocker, it was not possible to fall asleep without even covering with an overcoat - you’ll continue to chill under the covers all night.
  6. ltc35
    ltc35 26 February 2018 15: 59
    +6
    They certainly cannot defeat us.
    1. Baloo
      Baloo 26 February 2018 17: 14
      +5
      Quote: ltc35
      They certainly cannot defeat us.

      They will freeze to diapers tongue
  7. Herculesic
    Herculesic 26 February 2018 16: 01
    +6
    Do they have a charter about difficulties and hardships, doesn't it say that a soldier must endure them steadily? belay Or is it written in their charter that hands should grow from the fifth point, and besides how can British soldiers no longer do anything to nag?
    1. A. Privalov
      A. Privalov 26 February 2018 16: 18
      +8
      Quote: Herkulesich
      Do they have a charter about difficulties and hardships, doesn't it say that a soldier must endure them steadily? belay Or is it written in their charter that hands should grow from the fifth point, and besides how can British soldiers no longer do anything to nag?

      Forget it, Herculesych, a cleanly washed, well-fed, and contented service soldier, serves better than a dirty, hungry, and evil. The army is not great there - only 188 000 people. Basically, experts and keeping them, as they say, in a black body, is a bad idea.
      1. Herculesic
        Herculesic 26 February 2018 16: 50
        +8
        Privalov - hi they have a mad land value there, but everything is sold with a bang! 300 million euro mansions just fly away like that! And there is no money for repairs in the barracks? ?? After this, you need to disperse the entire British Ministry of Defense, or transplant!
        1. A. Privalov
          A. Privalov 26 February 2018 19: 11
          +1
          Quote: Herkulesich
          Privalov - hi they have a mad land value there, but everything is sold with a bang! 300 million euro mansions just fly away like that! And there is no money for repairs in the barracks? ?? After this, you need to disperse the entire British Ministry of Defense, or transplant!

          As I recall, the Ministry of Defense does not sell land or mansions there. Why disperse and plant them?
    2. Baloo
      Baloo 26 February 2018 17: 15
      +2
      Quote: Herkulesich
      Do they have a charter about difficulties and hardships, doesn't it say that a soldier must endure them steadily? belay Or is it written in their charter that hands should grow from the fifth point, and besides how can British soldiers no longer do anything to nag?

      Can you imagine the Scots serving in this British army? belay
      1. puskarinkis
        puskarinkis 18 March 2018 14: 02
        0
        Not softened-in NATO, this is the norm! It is believed that soldiers should be engaged exclusively in combat training, and everything else is the concern of support services. That is, they do not do what they are not obligated and do not pay for. Tormented, but do not! The mentality, however ....
  8. Dezinto
    Dezinto 26 February 2018 16: 02
    +4
    Warm blanket, fireplace and a cup of tea, please, otherwise the British can’t serve ..... lol
  9. Alex-a832
    Alex-a832 26 February 2018 16: 12
    +5
    I am sure that the conditions no longer worsened, and the British warriors softened. If they complain about freezing in their islands, then what are they going to do with us in winter if they invade ?! Or, like Hitler, naively count on summer krieg blitz?
  10. NKT
    NKT 26 February 2018 16: 14
    +5
    They do not have hot water ..... in our barracks, cold water was several hours a day ..... hot only in the bathhouse or in the kitchen.
    1. bistrov.
      bistrov. 18 March 2018 16: 15
      0
      Quote: NKT
      .hot only

      Quote: NKT
      or in the kitchen

      Who will let you into the kitchen and allow you to wash and wash there? During my military service in 70-71, for this it was possible, without any conversation, from the duty of the canteen on duty to get a horn ...

      In the washbasin, after lights out, a piece hozmila, brush and chilly, chilly .. Gimnasterochka becomes white.
      . Then he washed himself and went to bed, washed and fresh, climbed up, tucked the blanket from all sides and covered himself with a greatcoat from above with his head, breathed in, and life is so good ...
  11. Wolka
    Wolka 26 February 2018 16: 49
    0
    war, and you in a war or whatever ...
  12. Slovak
    Slovak 26 February 2018 16: 49
    +7
    Refugees will help turn England into Afghanistan, give them just a little time. And the British will be happy ...
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  14. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 26 February 2018 17: 14
    +3
    “Worse than in Afghanistan”: British military complained about life in domestic barracks

    I understand them. The absence of pipyphax with the smell of strawberries can morally injure a commando for a long time (questions may arise, but whether I am fighting on the other side of the barricades? Who has gas and hot water?).
    A certain Susan (name changed) told him that she had previously served in Afghanistan, where she had to live in a tent, but even there “there were no such problems with showering and washing as in Aldershot”

    CLEAR. Upscale army. We are damn unlucky. We had their allies, but if we had opponents, but near Stalingrad .... (leave me alone, I know that they would have to be driven in with bayonets. I’ll at least dream ...) In 1943, they were drinking beer in London. repeat
    1. serg999
      serg999 15 March 2018 14: 49
      0
      I think in 1941 already in London would be ....
  15. MRomanovich
    MRomanovich 26 February 2018 17: 15
    +1
    Why are the Dutch in the photo? Did not find photos of the British?
  16. Doliva63
    Doliva63 26 February 2018 17: 50
    +5
    In the 90th, it seems, the regiment was taken out of Mongolia to the Borzi region. Right in the field. Somehow we lived all summer, rebelled in the fall. Varennikov flew to understand. So what happened here too. Well, the truth is, the British do not live in the field.
  17. behemot
    behemot 26 February 2018 18: 07
    +2
    The problem with heating is solved simply - buy our LNG, although religion doesn’t allow it! Well, freeze, unwashed.
  18. tihonmarine
    tihonmarine 26 February 2018 18: 52
    +3
    Anglo-Saxons are completely obese, maybe you can also allocate apartments for "same-sex fellow soldiers". In the trenches and dugouts, in the dugouts and trenches, because the war is not fun or a disco, but blood is dirt and death.
  19. APASUS
    APASUS 26 February 2018 19: 56
    +2
    Strange, what's the problem then? In London, there is no heating at all. Everyone decides what temperature he has at home, the prices of cosmic heat.
    Now such a temptation for tourists in London, advertise in front of the hotels: We have heating.
  20. Xscorpion
    Xscorpion 26 February 2018 20: 19
    +2
    Quote: NKT
    They do not have hot water ..... in our barracks, cold water was several hours a day ..... hot only in the bathhouse or in the kitchen.


    I can imagine how they “fought” in Afghanistan if the conditions there were better than at home.
    1. rocket757
      rocket757 26 February 2018 22: 41
      +2
      There was plenty of white ... was it about the soul to start in such a laf ???
    2. tracer
      tracer 27 February 2018 05: 09
      +1
      And they sat on camps and sit. They are escorting something to support themselves. They are sitting, including at former Soviet bases, and are wandering ...
      A shot from an RPG or mine can always fly. They control the drug, and American helicopters unidentified by anyone make strange flights to the Taliban.
      "OPERATION TO COMBAT INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM" Do you remember the phrase from "The Adventures of Barrun Munchausen"?
      - "When using resistance, use force" ........
      - "To whom?"
  21. k_ply
    k_ply 26 February 2018 22: 24
    +1
    And what’s the photo with the Dutch motorized infantry (“Kamok”, automatic machines of the Canadian production, BRM “Fenneck”, BMP CV-90/35)?
  22. faterdom
    faterdom 27 February 2018 00: 01
    +6
    Where does the committee of British mothers look ??? This is a blatant outrage! Fell is the time from THIS country!
  23. Kerensky
    Kerensky 27 February 2018 01: 29
    +5
    Also news to me! The salvation of drowning people is the work of the drowning people themselves!
    Find, steal, throw yourself off and buy it if you cannot make it yourself. Now everything is there. Instantaneous water heater and ultrasonic machine "Pony" are not great money. A piece of film ... So much for the hot water and the panties with socks in the basin are erased .. Ugh! Tin can, nail and soap - here's a grater for making "washing powder". Two razor blades, three matches, threads and a piece of wire - a boiler. It’s lucky to find a heater with a nichrome spiral in the ruins - look for a gas silicate block, take a sleeve in your hands, - in an hour there will be an electric stove. What am I telling! They need to be sent to us for courses ...
  24. krokus792
    krokus792 27 February 2018 09: 45
    +1
    But what about the hardships and deprivations of military service?
  25. polpot
    polpot 27 February 2018 20: 00
    +2
    In TURKVO, we met barracks without water and a toilet, fighters in the toilet and ran to the toilet across the road, at night there was an unforgettable shadow in the underpants and an overcoat with bottles running to the toilet.
  26. Civilian
    Civilian 11 March 2018 15: 54
    +2
    I’m sitting in the 82nd on the GSP for the 3rd day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner - buckwheat with sausages (two pieces). A sneaky little thought creeps into my head- "is this what? Now two years to eat sausages !!!" Here come from! ))) In addition to fried herring and boiled lard, I did not see anything else later. By the way, buckwheat too. (I don’t remember exactly)
  27. cth; fyn
    cth; fyn 17 March 2018 10: 14
    0
    How are you going to fight with us, then you will be poor, if something happens? Or will James Blunt sing us from his tank?
  28. puskarinkis
    puskarinkis 18 March 2018 13: 44
    +1
    I wonder what frosts in England that barracks freeze? Just write in the charter or contract: "... endure the hardships of service"! ))) In general, as you know, who does not want to feed his army ...