b. Supply Levels.
Based on theater-authorized strengths, rations are
pre-positioned in the theater. This provides ration support at the outbreak
When the theater becomes active, use actual strength
figures to push rations forward in the divisional area.
figures from the divisional personnel status reports.
levels are given in terms of days of supply.
The theater Class I supply
officer advises the theater commander concerning how to establish these
The levels are based on current subsistence supply data that are
provided by the CONUS, the TAACOM, the COSCOM, and the MMCs.
commander establishes subsistence levels for the combat zone and the COMMZ.
He either sets levels for subordinate commands or grants this authority to
the TAACOM and the corps commanders.
To prevent excesses or shortages,
these levels are reevaluated continually. The following factors influence
the supply levels:
Order-and-ship time from the CONUS.
Locations of the subordinate commands.
Order-and-ship time among organizations.
Characteristics of the tactical units.
Type of the unit and its mission.
Vulnerability of the supply routes.
Susceptibility of the facilities to enemy action.
Availability of local purchase.
Capability of the support units to resupply.
FSSs tell you how many soldiers will subsist in their
units. Sometimes, FSSs prepare for a field mission that involves units from
When this occurs, commanders must ensure that the
letter of instruction requires participating units to inform operation
planners of troop strength and arrival and departure dates.
information to forecast requirements to the TISA, the MMC, and the Class I
Also use it to establish contracts for the items that
vendors will supply.
The type of the ration that you use determines the
space and the weight that are used to transport the subsistence. The most
accurate estimates of tonnage and cube figures for A, B, and T Rations and
MREs are in Federal Supply Classification (FSC) C8900-SL.
weight, size, and cube figures for T Rations and MREs are shown in
d. Basis of Issue. Base meal requests on present-for-duty strength and
remote feeding site requirements. Based on present-for-duty strength, the
FSS computes the amount of the following:
Each type of meal.