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The Best and Worst Postings in the RAF

Old 5th Nov 2013, 07:57
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The Best and Worst Postings in the RAF

hi all. as an airman in the raaf i just wondered what the best and worst postings in the RAF were in the 60s-70s-80 .you had bases around the world to chose from./
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Old 5th Nov 2013, 07:59
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BEST .... Bruggen.
WORST ....32 MU. St.Athan.
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Old 5th Nov 2013, 08:13
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We had no choice! There was an illusion of choice - in that you could express your wishes but in most cases they rarely had much effect. Sometimes you felt that the desk officers were 'avin' a larf. So - I asked for a posting anywhere North of Oxford - meaning not the South of England. So - I got Bicester just a few miles North of Oxford. Asked for overseas - got Northern Ireland.

Still - back on thread. Best posting - either Honington or Kinloss. Worst - there weren't any bad ones but a final tour as a staff officer and the promise of more staff tours to come persuaded me to exercise my option and leave.

Why Honington and Kinloss - the people, starting at the top with cracking staishs and all the way through to cracking aircrew, NCOs, airmen and civvy staff, everyone working flippin' hard to support the aircrew and aircraft. Made it fun and all worthwhile.
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BEST..............Gutersloh

WORST..................MOD Main Building

MOST REWARDING AND FUN............TWU Brawdy
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Old 5th Nov 2013, 08:23
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Worst.... Scampton

Best...RMAF Kuala Lumpur, on secondment.
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Old 5th Nov 2013, 08:30
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BEST ... RAF Tengah

WORST ... MoD Main Building

In fact, after a posting succession that went HQ 11 Gp > MB > HQ NATS > MB > HQ MATO I decided I would probably never see an aircraft or airfield again. I turned the lights out when I left, but someone turned them back on again.
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Best Cottesmore, great mess life and a walk across the fields, passed the staish's house, to the pub.

Worst when everywhere was behind barbed wire.
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Old 5th Nov 2013, 09:10
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Worst - KHORMAKSAR

Best - Benson
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Old 5th Nov 2013, 09:19
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Best - Falklands Islands accompanied tour.

Worst - High Wycombe Bunker.
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Old 5th Nov 2013, 09:34
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I enjoyed all my postings/long term detachments; Cottesmore, Tengah, Khormaksar, Lyneham, St Athan, Episkopi, Bicester, Abingdon, Odiham, Belize, Gutersloh and Wyton. (Plus umpteen other short term detachments). Some were better than others but with enough effort all were enjoyable in their own right. I made friends that were to stand the test of time.
If pushed I would say that Episkopi was the best overseas and Bicester was the best UK. The overseas postings depended largely on what rank I was as money was an important factor. If I had been other than an LAC/SAC at Tengah I would have enjoyed that a lot more. I tried to make the most of where ever I was with the money that was available to me. They were great times - now just great memories.


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Old 5th Nov 2013, 09:45
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They were great times - now just great memories.
At least some of us 'older members' had the opportunity to go places and get memories, unlike today's RAF!!
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Smile It was the best of times...it was the worst of times!

Best - Aberporth. I was Senior RAF Officer West Wales and military advisor to the Mayor of Cardigan. Best of all I reached the pinnacle of my career...I was the first man in the RAF Phone Book ....'Aberporth - Officer Commanding'.

Worst - the 2 occasions when I was student on the OCU at Coningsby even though I passed both courses!
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Old 5th Nov 2013, 10:33
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As a dependent back in the late '80s, I'd have to say that Bruggen was far and away the best.
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Old 5th Nov 2013, 10:50
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Best....Ballykelly for the same reasons DS gives for Kinloss.
Worst..Khormaksar, hard to know where to start?
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Aaron, yes, Dets and flag stops could be interesting too. Guam as the Vietnam War ramped up was interesting as was Hawaii for entirely different reasons.
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Old 5th Nov 2013, 11:26
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Best - as a 'scaley brat' (dependant) - Bruggen - all you needed as a kid was inside the wire including the world's best 'adventure playground' that was Hill60!
As serving - Kinloss (but then again I only did Kinloss and Waddo ).
Worst - Seeb/Basrah/PSAB - not really 'postings' but spent enough time in all 3 to feel like they were! (I know, I know, "hot food, welfare, aircon etc etc while others were 'digging in' ")
As 3rd generation RAF, it does seem amazing how much the 'estate' has shrunk since the end of WWII.
Still, it is our job as old gits to bang on about how good it was, otherwise what will the guys of today have to roll their eyes about? (Like we used to at the last generation of old gits...)
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Port Harcourt, Nigeria without any doubt whatsoever!
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Old 5th Nov 2013, 11:51
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Best Bruggen and Brize
other I enjoyed Odiham
Worst Halton

Best Detachment Jever (several times) Gibralter, Deci ( I know, someone who actually liked the place)

Worst Detachment some bl**dy wood in deepest Surrey with a tent and a Landrover.
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Best positing
RAF Lossiemouth 208 Sqn, straight from training onto the best Bucc Sqn, stayed there until the Bucc went out of service.

Worst Posting
Abbey Wood Bristol. Nice area, just a weird place to work.
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