Veterans ID card

Slim

I did say real benefits, not access to the NAAFI, after all it was the store of last resort, at least on boats we ran our own canteen, and any profit stayed on the boat.
 

slim

War Hero
Maxi_77 said:
Slim

I did say real benefits, not access to the NAAFI, after all it was the store of last resort, at least on boats we ran our own canteen, and any profit stayed on the boat.

Must admit it would be nice to have a card giving access to Snr rates mess or in the case of occifers Wardrooms. However the USA occifer and SNCO clubs are run differently to ours, they don't have any mess fees for starters so would it be fair for lots of old farts to descend on our respective messes and expect free membership?
I think not and if you live near enough to an RN establishment it is sometimes possible for ex members to gain honorary membership of the mess and still contribute by paying mess fees. :w00t:

Apart from the mess I see very little that I want now from a service establishment.
 
slim said:
Maxi_77 said:
Slim

I did say real benefits, not access to the NAAFI, after all it was the store of last resort, at least on boats we ran our own canteen, and any profit stayed on the boat.

Must admit it would be nice to have a card giving access to Snr rates mess or in the case of occifers Wardrooms. However the USA occifer and SNCO clubs are run differently to ours, they don't have any mess fees for starters so would it be fair for lots of old farts to descend on our respective messes and expect free membership?
I think not and if you live near enough to an RN establishment it is sometimes possible for ex members to gain honorary membership of the mess and still contribute by paying mess fees. :w00t:

Apart from the mess I see very little that I want now from a service establishment.

Well I am a life member of both Dolphin and Faslane though I suspect the rights at the fort have been diminisged somewhat. There have been a few times when using the accomodation may have been handy but the hassle of getting in the gate was not worth it. Yes a Vets Pass would have made a difference. My nearest NAAFI became a Spar and has now closed, even the carless at the barracks can save enough going to Tesco to pay for the taxi.
 
slim said:
Maxi_77 said:
To be honest unless you end up getting some real benefits from having it it will probably do less for me than the stack of membership cards I already have. In the US it is different, a combination of access to the PX system and the wide range of every day places that give discounts against military ID makes having such a card a real money saver for many. In the UK I think my bus pass probably is worth more than any Vets Card from Gordon and his cronies.

Perhaps it's a good thing that we do not have the American system Maxi. Though I enjoyed shopping in the Px stores somehow the prospect of being able to use an overpriced NAAFI store holds little joy for me. :money:


A good thing, you sniffing something naughty today. Serving and ex Mil drive for miles to their nearest PX for major savings especially booze n fags. The American PX is zero comparison to a bloody Naafi FFS.

Discounts to serving and ex here are very wide and encompass nearly everything you should need in your daily life, especially here concerning Mickey Duck .

So you think we as ex service men dont deserve some form of gratitude.....
 

slim

War Hero
cornishgolfer said:
slim said:
Maxi_77 said:
To be honest unless you end up getting some real benefits from having it it will probably do less for me than the stack of membership cards I already have. In the US it is different, a combination of access to the PX system and the wide range of every day places that give discounts against military ID makes having such a card a real money saver for many. In the UK I think my bus pass probably is worth more than any Vets Card from Gordon and his cronies.

Perhaps it's a good thing that we do not have the American system Maxi. Though I enjoyed shopping in the Px stores somehow the prospect of being able to use an overpriced NAAFI store holds little joy for me. :money:




A good thing, you sniffing something naughty today. Serving and ex Mil drive for miles to their nearest PX for major savings especially booze n fags. The American PX is zero comparison to a bloody Naafi FFS.

Discounts to serving and ex here are very wide and encompass nearly everything you should need in your daily life, especially here concerning Mickey Duck .

So you think we as ex service men dont deserve some form of gratitude.....

The American system is brilliant. However we in this great country do not have the Px or the discounts that the American ex servicemen enjoy.

I was not berating the American system, read what I wrote. I was complaining that if we had the American system the benefit of shopping at an overpriced establishment like the NAAFI was not exactly a benefit I would use.

Now if only we could have the American system in it's entirety :w00t:
 
Slim, as b4............not one of my golfing buddies over here, (most ex servicemen............'Nam etc), believe me when I tell them that after 24 yrs in the Pusser, I get f' all apart from my pensh........No ID card, (although I kept it), no perks etc etc.

Really, unless you know a yank mil guy, us "Brits" have no idea how much the UK gov gives a crap.
 

slim

War Hero
As I see it CG if the government care little about the servicemen and women who are still serving they are going to care less for those who are not.
The Americans know how to look after their ex service personnel and it doesn't even cost a great deal of cash, how much would it cost to let ex service personnel use base facilities? It would of course have to be on a basis which didn't impact on those still serving.
Still I did my 22 years and have now enjoyed my service pension for 23 years and hope I enjoy it for many years to come, not many of my civilian friends enjoy that perk. :thumright:
 

slim

War Hero
I left in 85 and my rise was in 2000 and if I remember correctly my pension just about doubled. It all depends on the rate of inflation, so if inflation was averaged at 3% per year thats a 45% increase, however this inflation is of cours compound not simple. :thumright:
 
that of course is good and bad, if inflation is low....and is has been , then the rise wil be lower, BUT the actual value of you pensh, being the same, isnt dropping as much, if inflation is high, then the actual buying power of said pensh lowers each year BUT will more than double.

Or something like that.......I'm on 460 a yr and if it goes up to 750/850 pcm, I'll be a happy chappy......if alive that is?
 

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