In an article published today, Oct. 16, by Military Times, the Army reveals they will go “old school” and return to using Soldiers to provide services, including security, now provided by private contractors.
With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan it became evident that the military simply didn't have enough personnel to provide mail handling, food services and even their own security at bases around the world.
KBR gained world-wide recognition, and disdain, constructing bases and operating food services in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Although not a unanimous decision, a memo signed by Army Secretary John McHugh says the Army approved a plan to “put Soldiers in base operation roles in place of contractors for up to 18 months.”
Army Undersecretary Joseph Westphal declined to give his support to the proposal indicating he felt that the proposed “functions’ were inappropriate for Soldiers.
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