Foot [sic] fights affect Digger morale
Ian McPherdran: The Advertiser | April 27, 2009
DIGGERS risking all on the deadly battlefields of Afghanistan are fighting on a diet of tasteless gruel.
Soldiers bombarded Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon with complaints when he made a secret Anzac Day visit to Oruzgan Province on Friday.
Senior officers have conceded the poor diet is affecting morale and soldiers’ health and have ordered a study into the nutritional value of the food.
The Advertiser took the taste test on Friday at the Dutch-run mess at Tarin Kowt military base after learning of the complaints about food quality.
The tasteless slab of roast pork was submerged in a sea of equally flavour challenged gravy and the pumpkin had long since morphed from a solid vegetable to liquid gruel.
The other choice was an equally unedible turkey slice. [more …]
In my day (22 years ago), we were forced to subsist on an orange stew that consisted of everything the bait-layers (army cooks) could throw into it. Fom tins of corned beef hash to strawberry jam, it didn’t matter whether it was a main meal or desert, it went into the pot. All I can say is, typical bloody army!
Cailen Cambeul of Oaklands Park