Telling the troops to rough it,when they have to rough it,is part of any military.Having them rough it,when it is cheaper is stupid.It is acting like amateurs actually,European armies do that when their soldiers don’t have food or ammo.Tell them the Euro equivalent of suck it up and drive on.
It is cheap and it is stupid.If you can have soldiers fight comfortably and well fed,then you owe it to yourselves to do.Having soldiers rough it their entire military careers because “it is good for them”,leads to nowhere except physical problems later on.Physical problems the taxpayer ends up paying for.
MREs are not cheap and serving them is not really a way to save much money. I think it is being done more to cut a shift of civilians that work in the DFAC and reduce the amount of personnel on base than to save money. If you cut mid-rats and breakfast, you probably cut 1/2 of the TCNs that work there. The DFAC would only need to serve hot meals from 1030 2030, instead of pretty much around the clock. The military does not work in the DFACs here. The mess hall folks here are mostly TCNs from the Balkans, India, Pakistan, etc and the Army has to provide life support for them (billeting, showers, laundry facilities, security, etc.). Some of the FOBs are supposed to be closed or turned over to the locals soon. If this is happening on those bases than it makes a lot of sense. I suspect that they will be doing this at every base shortly before it closes. They are already doing some annoying stuff on the base I am on in preparation for drawing it down and it is slated to be one of the last ones closed.
Telling the troops to rough it,when they have to rough it,is part of any military.Having them rough it,when it is cheaper is stupid.It is acting like amateurs
Four years ago, we still had the best fed, best equiped and best fed military force in the world.