For some reason, I’m obsessed with small unit rations and feeding. Mostly because I spent so much time eating the first generation MREs and not getting more than one or two hot meals in the field for weeks at a time.
Anyway, the current standard for small unit feeding is the KCLFF, or Kitchen, Company Level, Field Feeding.
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But the Army is replacing this with the Assault Kitchen. First, take out whomever named it and beat them to death. The kitchen is not leading the charge.
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Second, there are some pros and some cons to this “upgrade.”
First, the pros:
- Much improved burner unit.
- Smaller logistical footprint.
- Heat on the move capability
- Space for both AK and roughly four days rations on Humvee and trailer.
- Easy to operate and maintain.
- Ability to feed two hot meals per day.
Now the drawbacks.
- Only suitable for heating UGR-H&S (Unitized Group Rations- Heat & Serve)
- Not capable of preparing UGR-A and UGR-B (basically, fresh foods, and canned meals with some shelf stable items).
- While KCLFF is rated for only one hot meal per day, it too can prepare two UGR-H&S daily under most circumstances.
- Did I mention Assault Kitchen was a really stupid name?
UGR-H&S isn’t a bad feeding system, for the short term. But the inability to provide cooked fresh hot meals such as the UGR-A is a serious handicap if the supported company will be isolated for extended periods, such as deployed in a Combat Outpost in Afghanistan.