Members of the 2nd Battalion, the Mercian Regiment returned home from a gruelling tour of duty in Afghanistan only to find their barracks in an even more squalid condition than they were before they left. According to a recent newspaper report the barracks are rotting, rat-invested, damp and insanitary; compare this accommodation to that provided for foreign criminals and illegal immigrants in the UK. British Armed Forces Federation chairman Douglas Young said: “That they should return to these appalling conditions is a national outrage. It is unthinkable that the Government could have neglected their home like this while they were away. “What sort of a welcome home is that? What a sad message that gives to these brave guys about how much we value their sacrifice.”
The barracks of the Vikings (1st Bn, Royal Anglian Regiment) were not much better according to a report in the Times last month.