The toilet at the barracks of this British Army bomb disposal unit looks like it had been the site of an explosion. And in a way, it was.
The damage was the work of a drunk Army captain who had found himself stripped naked and locked into the toilet thanks to his equally drunk subordinates who thought it would be a great prank. When his subordinates refused to let him out after six hours, the captain took matters into his own hands, literally, and started to smash his way out.
His unit is part of the 33 Engineer Regiment which is based in Carver Barracks in Essex. The regiment houses the Army’s leading explosive ordnance disposal and search unit.
Only hours earlier, the officer in question had attended the ceremony that marked the reformation of 49 Field Squadron. That squadron had a distinguished performance in the UK’s military campaign in Helmand province, Afghanistan. The crack bomb disposal unit bravely cleared hundreds of bombs left by the Taliban as well as leftover ordnance from the Soviet campaign in the 1980s.
After the ceremony concluded, the officer and his subordinates started drinking heavily in the barracks until all of them were well and truly intoxicated. At that point, the captain had fallen asleep in a drunken stupor and the junior ranks thought it was a good idea to strip him naked and lock him in the toilet.
According to a source within the regiment: “When he woke up he started banging on the door, screaming at the blokes to let him out. They replied they’d only let him out if he gave them a pay rise.
“Then he went on the rampage, demolishing the toilet and repeatedly smashing the rail against one of the walls. He made a big enough dent that he could then hack away at the plaster and climb out. The blokes found it hilarious. He’s in trouble rather than them because he should never have got drunk in their rooms. Now he’s going to have to pay a hefty fine or pay for the damage.
“Hopefully, he’ll eventually see the funny side. At least it was an impressive display of initiative, how he used the tools at his disposal to complete a difficult task, while heavily intoxicated.”
The officer’s rampage left scattered masonry as well as the remains of the toilet. Military police were informed of the incident the next morning and the officer now faces a huge fine to pay for the damage.
Despite the extensive damage, the officer is not expected to face any serious charges as long as he pays the fine which is expected to cost a few thousand pounds. The officer will also retain his post in the unit.
British Army higher-ups generally discourage “block parties” where officers and their men gather in the barracks in order to drink heavily. Getting so drunk that they cannot control themselves in front of their men can inspire contempt for their superiors. Block parties have also resulted in several cases of violent behavior and often leads to initiation ceremonies where newbies to the unit are forced to perform acts against their will to gain acceptance from the other members in their unit.
In a statement, the Army said: “We are aware of an incident at Carver Barracks, Wimbish, Essex. It is being investigated by the Royal Military Police.”
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