doctrine to do so were not in place before the conflict. The Army recognized the importance of
combating stress and sleep deprivation, while offsetting battle fatigue and conserving fighting strength.
As a result, the Force Provider (FP) program was born. In November 1991, the project was assigned to
TRADOC's US Army Quartermaster Center and School (USAQMC&S) at Fort Lee, VA. TRADOC
and USAQMC&S defined the organization and equipment requirements for Force Provider to support
diverse missions. FP is containerized for easy air, land, and sea transport. The concept of FP was
initially tested in Bosnia. Doctrine, training, and system requirements were then developed as a result of
lessons learned to improve the quality of life for the deployed soldier. The Quartermaster Corps is
tasked with providing the personnel (a QM FP company) to support deployment, operation,
This lesson has been broken down into four parts. In the first part, you will receive an overview of FP
and the QM FP Company. The second part will cover the FP module and subsystems. In part three, you
will receive information on deploying and redeploying FP. Finally, in part four, you will receive
information on the overall operating procedures for FP.
PART A: FP OVERVIEW
FP Description. FP is a complete, containerized, highly deployable system. It is engineered to
provide climate-controlled billeting, dining facilities, showers, laundry, and morale, welfare and
recreational facilities in battalion-sized modules. The QM FP Company and the FP module(s) are
separate entities that are joined together in the theater or other designated area of operation. The FP
module is not organic to the QM FP Company, and until requisitioned is part of the AMC. Each module
can support 550 soldiers. Modules can be combined to support a brigade-sized force of 3,300.
a. The QM FP Company consists of six Provider Platoon Headquarters. Each platoon, when
augmented, can operate one 550-soldier module. The QM FP Company's organic assets can transport
themselves, maintain organic equipment, defend against a Level I threat, and maintain communications.
b. AMC owns all of the FP modules. Once a module has been approved for deployment, AMC
arranges for transportation. It maintains ownership until hand receipt for the module has cleared to the
FP Company Commander at the approved operating site. The commander is then responsible for the
FP Mission. FP was developed to improve the soldier's combat readiness by providing them a
brief rest from combat. It provides feeding, showering, and laundry support, as well as, areas for sleep,
rest, and relaxation. FP can be used as