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Discuss Is this acceptable? in Patch and Pads on Rear Party; Originally Posted by sittingstress Take a trip to the new quarter before you get posted, make a weekend of it and have a look see. You won't get access but just knock on the next ...
  
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    Re: Is this acceptable?

    Quote Originally Posted by sittingstress
    Take a trip to the new quarter before you get posted, make a weekend of it and have a look see. You won't get access but just knock on the next door neighbours, they will give you all the gen OR go early and speak to the outgoing family.
    but what happens when the new quarter is in a different hemisphere and nothing shows up on google earth because its a new build....and you have no neighbours?
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    Re: Is this acceptable?

    Move over to the dark side? Never!! Mind you, the RAF quarters I have lived in (of which there are numerous) were lovely.

    I don't want to make this a personal 'poor me, look what I had to do', it's just an example of what hurdles the DE manage to put before us!

    Of course I didn't just roll over and let them walk all over me. I had the Chief Exec thingy of MHS fighting my corner and AFF intervening. All to no avail. I wish to God that housing was still influenced by the CoC because those were the days when common sense prevailed. In my opinion and personal experience anyway!

    DE know full well that if they procrastinate for long enough then the posting will be up, we'll move on and then the problem will go away (just in time for the next poor unsuspecting soul to move in!).

    As for having a look around the quarter prior to take over; of course I do (unless it's in a different continent!) as long as it's possible. I've never moved into a quarter blind, but the only time I didn't get inside before march in I got seen off. Bloody typical! I've knocked around this Army thing for a while now so nine times out of ten I know people who are living on the same patch so I'm one of the lucky ones and my info is direct from the horse's mouth.

    Regarding the carbon monoxide thing, luckily, that wasn't me but a friend on the same patch. The CoC DID get involved in that one though!

    It's not all doom and gloom though. I've only ever had one truly shite quarter so that's not bad going!

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    Re: Is this acceptable?

    Quote Originally Posted by bootifull
    Quote Originally Posted by sittingstress
    Take a trip to the new quarter before you get posted, make a weekend of it and have a look see. You won't get access but just knock on the next door neighbours, they will give you all the gen OR go early and speak to the outgoing family.
    but what happens when the new quarter is in a different hemisphere and nothing shows up on google earth because its a new build....and you have no neighbours?
    Send your staff over obviously!

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    Re: Is this acceptable?

    Quote Originally Posted by bigbird67
    Quote Originally Posted by Boogie
    RAF houses are no better unless your lucky!
    have to take issue with that. As a RAF brat of 40 odd years standing, we NEVER had a MQ as bad as some i've seen on here! At worst we had a couple with no central heating, but they were always clean and in good repair,occasionally on the small side for 3 6ft teenagers but from what i've seen the green wives definately seem to be asked to put up with a lot more....unless the RAF has gone dramatically downhill in the 8yrs since Pops retired

    I agree bigbird, I'm also a RAF brat of nearly 40 years, again the only probelm for the jounior ranks MQ's was the lack of central heating. THe best place to live were the flats in Guttershol (?) with their big cellars, the fats are no longer there but I have very happy memories!


    On the note of the kitchen, mines not much better (I own my property), the earth quake last feb casued next door to sink, it's taken the dividing wall with it, I have a 4 inch wide crack in the plaster board from ceiling to floor and a cupboard that's near enough resting on the work surface. I'm still fighting with the insurance company to get it repaired over a year on. Next door has now been repaired by the same insurance company, I've just got to wait.

    All in all, the property you've been offered doesn't seem that bad, it's just the inconvenience of it all. As others have said turning properties down can put you at the bottom of the list, think hard before you do.

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