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That's the key question. Messes grew up in the late 18th and throughout the 19th century - mostly on there "frontiers" of India and Canada. British officers serving in England didn't have such things because they were quite unnecessary. But there were messes on ships and in remote, overseas, bases - think Fort Henry and the Halifax Citadel.Why do we need messes period ? The only place I have seem them really needed is on ships.
Are mess of our current type necessary, today?
I will argue that in a smallish, specialized station, like Leitrim, or even in a large but somewhat remote base like Cold Lake there is a need for social/recreational facilities and at least an all ranks club is appropriate. But what about Esquimalt, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Kingston and Halifax? Are messes a good use of our resources?
Ships: Yes and there is likely a ned for separate "leaders" messes. CFS Alert needs a good mess system. Wainwright? Shilo?