Field Feeding Transformation: Is There a Requirement for Food Service Personnel in Support of the Stryker Brigade Combat Team?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This study examines the requirement for having food service personnel within the Stryker Brigade Combat Team SBCT based on the decision to remove them in support of transformation goals. Due to the streamlining and shifting of combat service support CSS personnel from within the SBCT with regards to food service personnel FSP, the main thesis for this paper is whether or not the SBCT requires FSP to perform field-feeding operations. The current SBCT concept eliminates having organic FSP from within the brigade combat team and will require them to augment the SBCT at a predetermined timeline. This paper will determine whether this transformation goal as set forth by Army leaders was the right decision. Four subject areas were used to analyze whether or not FSP were required under this new concept rations, equipment, food safety and protection, and flexibility. The study explains the implications that will arise if this decision remains as is, to include certain risks that Army leaders must be willing to assume. This study promotes having FSP within the SBCT because field-feeding is a combat multiplier that sustains combat power over time by improving morale and enhancing the warfighters physical and mental capabilities.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Food, Food Service and Nutrition
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics