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Last Updated: Monday, 28 April 2008, 17:22 GMT 18:22 UK
Life for troops at Camp Bastion
By Andy Brownstone
Newsbeat reporter, Camp Bastion, Afghanistan

All week Newsbeat has a series of special reports from Afghanistan's Helmand Province. Today we take a look around Camp Bastion and see what living conditions are like for the troops who are stationed there.

Corporal Brown and Corporal Scott


Camp Bastion holds around 3,000 troops. Some of them are infantry arriving back from or about to go out on missions.

Others who send out supplies, work on vehicle repairs or in places like the mess tent will be stationed there for a complete six-month tour.

In 2001, before the conflict started, Helmand Province was just barren desert. Now there's hot running water, electricity, air-conditioning, and internet connections.

Troops queue for lunch at the mess tent
Troops queue for lunch outside the mess tent

They've even made a bore hole and bottle their own Camp Bastion water.

There are three gyms and plenty of Playstations for the little downtime the troops do have.

If you want to socialise then head to the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes bar (Naafi), where there's a pool table, fruit machines and a Pizza Hut.

The accommodation is basic. Most troops sleep in a six-10 man pod, just a big tent.

But they have started building some permanent blocks where it's two to a room.

That means more privacy, but if you don't get on with your roommate, your six-month tour could be a long one.



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