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unclevanya
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Number of posts : 227
Age : 72
Localisation : Essex UK
Cap Badge : R Sigs
Places Served : 11 Sigs Vimy 'C' Catterick Nov 1963), 224 (Radio) Sig Squadron Garrats Hey, Quorn Leics( Jan-June 1964), 16 Sigs Bradbury Barracks Krefeld July-Oct 1964), 28 (BR) Sigs St Tonis & 4 Squadron, Tongeren (Cafe Maddy) (1964-1968), HQ UNFICYP Nicosia 6 month tour (1966), HMS Jufair & Hamala Camp Bahrien, 223 Sig Sqn (Radio) Winchester, Norn Ireland, HQ Northag Kolsas Olso Norway, 11 Sigs Helles Lines Catterick, Civvy Street 1977, Retired (Grumpy Victor Meldrew 2012)
Registration date : 2012-07-15

PostSubject: Best Postings & Worst Postings   14/2/2013, 11:06

What were folks memories of the best posting, or the worst posting they ever had during their military careers.

My best posting was with HQ AFNORTH, Kolsas just outside Oslo, Norway. A great posting with little or no actual military duties such a guard duty, PT, runs, drill. I must say that after three years in this posting 'peeing' it up, and generally living the life or Reilly, enjoying the Norweigian hospitality etc; by the time I was posted back to 11 Sigs, Catterick Garrison, I had nearly forgotton how to do drill, and march a squad around in a smart and soldierly manner, and all those other soldier like actions.

Norway was the best posting that I ever had. I drank too much, smoked too much, ate too much, lay about too much - hence I podged out too much as well, and am still feeling the affects today. (My GP has put me on a diet and I have to loose 8 stones. Boo Hoo!!). Shocked

Well, that was then. As to the worst posting I ever had. Well that was a toss up between 28 (BR) Sigs, Franscica Barracks, and the 6 month tour of Norn Iron in 1977. I really did not like the claustrophobic feelings of constantly being 'under Arms' and having to be on the alert. No doubt these feeling of permanent alert etc was what our Dads, uncles etc had to live through on a much more intense sense during WW2.

Other postings ranged between indifference to average. I msut say I did like the three years I was stationed at 223 Sig Squadron (Radio) at Winchester, Hants. That was a better posting.

So what were the best or the worst that other folks experienced. And, do our lads and Lasses in the Military today have as much fun as us old crusties did way back when, all those years ago? Rolling Eyes


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PostSubject: Re: Best Postings & Worst Postings   14/2/2013, 14:22

Best 19 Signal Regiment RAF Changi

Worst School of Signals Blandford

In between better first 7,11,8 and 24 Sigs
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Number of posts : 2808
Age : 76
Localisation : Sandbach Cheshire
Cap Badge : RA/QOH
Places Served : JLRRA (Hereford) Nienburg Paderborn Colchester Munster Maresfield (Cyprus) Hohne Hemer Op Banner x4 Woolwich
Registration date : 2010-03-02

PostSubject: Re: Best Postings & Worst Postings   14/2/2013, 17:12


Most miserable . . . Hohne
Most depressing . . . Paderborn
Cushiest . . . Woolwich
Top of the Pops . . . Hemer, (No contest !).

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Number of posts : 2991
Localisation : Camberley
Cap Badge : Royal Artillery
Places Served : Troon, Lippstadt, Devizes, NI, Paderborn, Dortmund, Colchester, Belize, Canada, Cyprus, Gutersloh
Registration date : 2010-10-26

PostSubject: Re: Best Postings & Worst Postings   14/2/2013, 17:41

Best posting had to be Lippstadt.

Worst posting was Dortmund.

Worst Exercise area Otterburn and Sennybridge.

Best Exercise area Grafenwohr (How the other half live).
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Number of posts : 296
Age : 59
Localisation : Worksop, Notts
Cap Badge : R.E.M.E
Places Served : Fallingbostal, NI, Hohne, Fallingbostal, again.
Registration date : 2012-03-30

PostSubject: Re: Best Postings & Worst Postings   14/2/2013, 18:07

Only had two. one twice.

Fallingbostal Hohne Fallingbostal again, so....

Best- Fally

Worst- Hohne, although Hohne wasn`t all that bad, the unit I was with (9/12th Lancers) were fine.

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gingerjim
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Number of posts : 487
Cap Badge : raoc
Places Served : blackdown brackley , belgium . viersen
Registration date : 2011-03-21

PostSubject: Re: Best Postings & Worst Postings   14/2/2013, 19:36

best posting viersen . worst posting brackley, ginger
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Dulaigh
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Number of posts : 126
Cap Badge : Royal Signals
Places Served : Catterick Newark Aldershot 201Shorncliffe WinterbourneGunner TOS SHARJAH Bunde 249 Singapore NE Thailand Aldershot Catterick
Registration date : 2012-03-19

PostSubject: Re: Best Postings & Worst Postings   14/2/2013, 21:05

Apart from basic trg in Vimy lines Catterick all POSTINGS were splendid. Of course I myself contributed to that. Absolutely true. Perhaps the far east had a special gloss. Very Happy Smile
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Number of posts : 961
Age : 83
Localisation : Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada V2S 7C5
Cap Badge : Royal Signals
Places Served : Catterick (1951) - BAOR (1952 -1954)-(Herford - Bunde - Munster) - Japan (Kure) - Korea (Pusan - Seoul) - Cyprus (Nicosia) - Suez Op (1st Guards Brigade) - UK (63 Sigs Regt TA, Southampton)
Registration date : 2008-06-30

PostSubject: Re: Best Postings & Worst Postings   14/2/2013, 22:21

Best posting and job satisfaction without a doubt 20 Armoured Brigade.

Worst posting Britcom Signal Sqn, Korea.

Lousy camp life (vindictive SSM) but great job HQ MELF, CSO's Branch, Cyprus.

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Les Pattenden
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Number of posts : 473
Age : 71
Localisation : Hampshire
Cap Badge : RCT
Places Served : Aldershot, Marchwood, Longmoor, Dusseldorf,Munster,Ratingen,Longmoor
Registration date : 2011-11-12

PostSubject: Re: Best Postings & Worst Postings   14/2/2013, 22:32

Well must say I thoroughly enjoyed all postings, I suppose the best time was when I first joined 43 Mov Con at Dusseldorf, in 67 we had two flight days a week, they were BAC111 and took about 64 passengers so a short week, still plenty of duties of course but they were ok also the unit at the airport was very small, something like 20 or 25 personnel and all top heavy, most getting on very well with each other and plenty of time to relax in the evenings in our own club in the cellar of the ATC

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KIeler sprotten
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Number of posts : 77
Age : 79
Localisation : Derbyshire
Cap Badge : 13/18 ROYAL HUSSARS QMO
Places Served : Carlisle, NEUMUNSTER , Piddlehinton, Bovington
Registration date : 2011-09-04

PostSubject: Re: Best Postings & Worst Postings   15/2/2013, 13:26

Best posting 3 months permanent staff at Putlos tank ranges. Full summer at the seaside.
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Ian
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Number of posts : 94
Age : 66
Localisation : Suffield,Alberta
Cap Badge : REME
Places Served : UK, BAOR,BATUS
Registration date : 2008-04-06

PostSubject: Re: Best Postings & Worst Postings   15/2/2013, 14:03

best posting, toss up between BATUS and HQ REME Minden, worst one? no contest.71a/c wksp by a country mile.
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Number of posts : 279
Localisation : Glesga
Cap Badge : The Jocks
Places Served : Everywhere.
Registration date : 2012-09-25

PostSubject: Re: Best Postings & Worst Postings   15/2/2013, 15:55

My first posting SINGAPORE/BORNEO,Based at NEE SOON/SELARANG BKS not bad.I was undergoing parachute training at RAF ABINGDON sheer luxury for a whole month great food and table cloths on the table with salt/pepper pots,butter/jam/marmalade on the table considering MAIDA BKS which was a dump of a place but there again it was the PARA REGT and AIRBORNE FORCES training centre in ALDERSHOT so no luxuries there.
The next arsehole of a place was FORT GEORGE near INVERNESS. Always wind swept and raining.The accommodation also was rather poor as was the cookhouse. You had to stand outside in the cauld everytime you wanted a meal. INVERNESS was about twelve or so miles away and the bus service was limited in that if you missed the last bus from INVERNESS you had to either get a taxi (expensive) or hitch lift from a passing motorist heading for Elgin or some motorists who were in the RAF stationed in either Lossiemouth/Kinloss some of whom I might add were great in that they went out their way to actually run you to the Fort itself as it was a good bit off the beaten track.And the other alternative was to walk.BERLIN was a great posting but the stupid duties you had to perform was rather boring as were the ROCKING HORSES similar to (QUICKTRAIN) in the zone on a regular basis.Meeting Berliners and talking about their experiences during the war was great and the hospitality from them was very much appreciated indeed.BAHRAIN HAMALA CAMP was the pits also, nothing there but sand, sand and more sand.

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ChrisP
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Number of posts : 100
Localisation : Kent, UK
Cap Badge : RAMC
Places Served : Sennelager, Mil Wing MPH, Ditton, Hohne, Sennelager(again), Newcastle and Rheindahlen
Registration date : 2010-02-12

PostSubject: Re: Best Postings & Worst Postings   16/2/2013, 14:28

Best posting by a long way was Sennelager. Enjoyed almost every moment there. Very Happy
Worst is a toss up between the two years in Belfast or 6 months in Hohne. Both depressing. Mad
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Number of posts : 314
Cap Badge : RAOC
Places Served : Bicester-Soltau-Canada-Kineton-Paderborn-Osnabruck (Inc Gulf 1) Donnington-Civy Strasse.
Registration date : 2008-10-22

PostSubject: Re: Best Postings & Worst Postings   17/2/2013, 03:26

Best and worst for me is easy...

Worst posting Bicester, best posting Paderborn.

Bicester was soul destroying, we worked in huge warehouses with civies and had civy managers! This was my first posting and I thought what the fek is this? I couldn't believe what I had got myself into which is why I attempted to transfer (Denied) which is why I got into lots of trouble. Bicester was a shit hole. I found it difficult to undrstand why anyone would want to be posted there. Eventually they kicked me out and sent me to Soltau, which came as a blessed relief for everyone.

5 Ord Bn Paderborn was a great four years, I liked it, the wife & kids liked it and even my parents liked it, they came out for a week every summer. Happy days.

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Number of posts : 760
Age : 68
Localisation : near Cuxhaven
Cap Badge : Royal Signals + Royal Engineers
Places Served : Verden-Aller + Willich + Iserlohn + Hameln
Registration date : 2010-02-14

PostSubject: Re: Best Postings & Worst Postings   17/2/2013, 08:40

All good: Newton Abbot, BAOR Verden-Aller, Catterick (two courses), Worcester with detachment to RAF Gan and course in Farnborough, Bulford (few weeks), Shoeburyness, Op Banner Lurgan, civvy street, Farnborough (two courses), BAOR Willich with detachment to Grobbendonk, Iserlohn, Op Banner Portadown with detachment to Newry, Hameln, back to Iserlohn then finally Ripon with exercise in Kenya and course in Beaconsfield…started and finished in a spider block…1964-1981 with a 22 month break…the worst accommodation was Newry with a 8 man infantry section living in what is best described as a tall garden shed…the best garrison Hameln…
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Number of posts : 328
Age : 78
Localisation : Northumberland
Cap Badge : REME
Places Served : Rotenburg, Verden, Liebenau, Hohne, Hamm, Duisburg, Minden, Hannover, Fallingbostal, Kuwait, UK, HK, USA/Can.
Registration date : 2008-02-27

PostSubject: Re: Best Postings & Worst Postings   17/2/2013, 18:46

No bad postings, enjoyed them all. If I had to choose the best it would have to be Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona for two years as part of a joint Brit, Canadian and German trials unit closely followed by Hong Kong.
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Number of posts : 1026
Localisation : Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
Cap Badge : RC Sigs (RTG Op) / CF Logistics (Cook)
Places Served : Germany, Egypt, Cyprus, CFS Alert and some other strange places
Registration date : 2007-12-16

PostSubject: Re: Best Postings & Worst Postings   17/2/2013, 21:55

Best posting would be CFS Alert. Yes the most northerly permanently inhabited spot in the world, but I was the Baker for my full tour. Other good one was 1 SSM Bty RCA in Germany for 4 years. The worst would have been 2 SSM (Trg) Bty RCA in Shilo. This unit had all the rejects from the 4 Regts. of Cdn Horse Artillery as instructors, etc. They were of the lowest standard I ever witnessed. Funny the difference between the two Bty's. Mind, we had a few slip into 1 SSM Bty but that was near the end of the SSM Bty's existence.[img][/img]
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Localisation : Leeds, ex-Dundee
Cap Badge : Jimmy
Places Served : Germany; Cyprus
Registration date : 2012-12-04

PostSubject: Re: Best Postings & Worst Postings   18/2/2013, 10:30

Worst was Catterick. Lots of yelling and screaming by lots of bullying NCOs, who weren't such bully-boys when you bumped into them in town on a weekend.... lol!

Best was Minden. Lots of booze, and lots of friendly frauleins.... Very Happy
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Number of posts : 9
Age : 86
Localisation : Ayr Scotland
Cap Badge : REME
Places Served : Blandford - Ellesmere - Kunsebeck - Bad Oeynhausen - Bielefeld
Registration date : 2010-08-17

PostSubject: Re: Best Postings & Worst Postings   18/2/2013, 14:47


Without doubt the best posting must have been Bad Oeynhausan 1953. Apart from looking after Trucks and Bren Gun Carriers during the day, the rest of the time was mine.
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Number of posts : 232
Age : 64
Localisation : China
Cap Badge : REME 1972 - 1984
Places Served : Arborfield, Deepcut Camberley 25 Lt Regt Catterick/NI, 4 Lt Regt Catterick/NI, 655 Sqn AAC Detmold, QRIH Padderbon, 9/12 Lancers Muenster, 655 Tank Tptr Sqn Fallingbostel, HQ REME 3rd Armd Div Korbecke, SEE Arborfield, HQ REME Trg Center Arborfield.
Registration date : 2013-04-22

PostSubject: Re: Best Postings & Worst Postings   24/4/2013, 13:53

Loved them all but best by far was HQ REME 3rd Armd Div in Korbecke near Soest just above the Mohne damm. Second best QRIH, paderborn, what a great bunch of blokes.

Worst North Queen st RUC station next to the new lodge and Fort george londonderry.
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Number of posts : 21
Age : 61
Localisation : Poole, Dorset
Cap Badge : 1st Royal Tank Regiment/MPSC
Places Served : Osnabruck, Omagh, Tidworth, Cyprus, Herford, Bovington, Hildesheim, Colchester.
Registration date : 2007-11-26

PostSubject: Re: Best Postings & Worst Postings   25/4/2013, 19:00

Best UK posting was Bovington. Best in Germany? Herford. No worst posting really.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Postings & Worst Postings   25/4/2013, 21:22

I liked Plymouth and Berlin and Singapore and France and Cyprus.Worst posting was Fort George Inverness,it was wet miserable, well out of the way,and if you did not have transport especially at night and if you missed the last bus from Inverness you had to thumb a lift at various stages as it was a good bit out from Inverness.


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Number of posts : 17
Age : 67
Localisation : Aberdeen Scotland
Cap Badge : R.E.M.E.
Places Served : Poperinghe Barracks Arborfield Berkshire : SEE Arborfield Berkshire : SEME Bordon Hampshire : Bruneval Barracks Aldershot Hampshire : Palace Barracks Holywood Northern Ireland : Talbot Barracks Sennelager West Germany : Hobart Barracks Detmold West Germany : Mooltan Barracks Tidworth Hampshire : Drumadd Barracks Armagh Northern Ireland : Mooltan Barracks Tidworth Hampshire (again) : West Riding Barracks Dortmund West Germany : BMATT King George VI Barracks Harare Zimbabwe : West Riding Barracks Dortmund West Germany (again) : Lumsden Barracks Fallingbostel West Germany : Alanbrooke Barracks Paderborn West Germany : Tofrek Barracks Hildesheim West Germany : Smuts Barracks West Berlin : Tofrek Barracks Hildesheim West Germany (again) : SEME Bordon Hampshire (again)
Registration date : 2013-04-26

PostSubject: Re: Best Postings & Worst Postings   26/4/2013, 14:24

Best Posting: 30 Fld Amb Sennelager - really good bunch of guys and because you were outside of Normandy Barracks, had its own all ranks club that held some of the most memorable do's ever.

Worst Posting: SEME Bordon - never could get used to the fact that the Regimental Duty Staff (Those in charge of SEME Regiment) could not get it through their heads that those on the permanent staff had seen and done more than they could ever hope to achieve.

Most exhilarating Posting: Royal Hussars Fallingbostel - was there when it was announced that they were to be the first Regiment in Germany to receive Challenger MBT - never seen the moral of a whole unit go through the roof as much as theirs did.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Postings & Worst Postings   26/4/2013, 17:17

West Berlin (as was) and Sennelager. Wasn't keen on Minden but that was more of a unit thing than anything else. Bielefeld was OK. Would have been better had the SSO not been such a clown but you can't have it all your own way I suppose. If I was pressed between the first two, I reckon that I would go for Sennelager. I had two really good tours there.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Postings & Worst Postings   16/8/2013, 23:20

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Best posting in Germany in 1955 1957, was 3 armd wksps REME, at Kunsebeck. A lovely country place with plenty of amenities. A great set of blokes. I will never forget !!!!!.
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