I don't know what they're like now, but the last time I was there we still buddied up and put our shelter halves together and slept on the sand. MREs three times a day, unless they decided to set up the MKT....HUGE open bay shitters with the crappers right next to each other with no walls, and right across from the piss troughs. The showers were a prize too...and oh yeah, the laundry facility was a cinder block shed with four washers and four dryers, about half of which worked. The was a little PX that never had anything in it and hardly any shade to be found. This was back in '94 so hopefully it is not the same, and if it's not, we'll then it has to be better!
I assume this is sarcastic. LTC (Join to see) is right on the money. The NTC RUBA has been upgraded. Initially it was a sand lot. The first time I went it was metal overhangs without walls and you put your ruck down and slept on pea-gravel. Now there are shelters with cots. Not sure what else we would want to do to the place. It isn't supposed to be there for comfort...it is supposed to replicate a forward staging base that you would find just short of crossing an international border. If we are fighting expeditionary in a contested environment (which we are supposed to be training for), I would argue that we need to get rid of all of the upgrades they have put in or move to another spot in the desert to stage without any of the amenities. If we have to "fight tonight," when you get off the ship and assemble, you should be able to move to your attack positions in 24-48 hours. The RUBA does not meet these operational requirements.
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