Use of the Meal Card in the Field.
(1) Enlisted personnel authorized subsistence in kind (SIK) will use garrison meal
cards in the field.
(2) When required to return to garrison during a field training exercise, non-SIK
soldiers may be issued a field meal card (FLD) and may use it at a designated dining facility.
13. Definition of Headcounter. The term "headcounter" refers to an individual who is tasked
with headcount responsibilities. Headcounter in this sense is not a count of heads, but a person
whose job it is to count heads.
14. Who is Detailed as Headcounter? The headcounter may be the following:
a. A food service individual assigned or working in the dining facility, when authorized by
the installation commander.
b. In dining facilities with an average headcount of 25 or less, the commander may
authorize a cook on duty to perform headcount duties.
Military individuals, grades E4 or above, detailed to the dining facility.
d. When there are fewer than 10 eligible personnel on the duty roster to perform this duty,
an exception to the policy can be given by the major army command (MACOM), The Adjutant
General (TAG), or the numbered armies in the continental United States (CONUSA) allowing
enlisted personnel in the grade of E3 to be placed on the roster.
responsible for briefing the headcount on his or her responsibilities before he or she assumes
a. The headcounter will be provided with the proper forms and procedures used to obtain
signatures and record headcount data. Forms include the following:
(1) DD Form 1544 (Cash Meal Payment Book).
(2) DA Form 3032 (Signature Headcount Sheet).
(3) DA Form 4808-R (Table of Meal Rates).
(4) A list of authorized civilian personnel to be subsisted.
b. To ensure that proper headcount procedures are enforced, the FOS or designated
representative will periodically spot-check headcount during the meal.