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Chris Pook said:PC: I think the argument is that you shouldn't be paying for those shelves and system. You should be paying for the boots that could be on those shelves.
That's where I see it. The purpose of third line (for Canada at least) is to keep a Divisional level stock of supplies to distribute to second line service battalions. That's where trying to make a Service Battalion a third-first line all inclusive beast falls apart. It'd be akin to telling 1 RCHA that it has to be the Brigade level DS Regiment as well as the Divisional Level GS Regiment, and maybe provide some mortars for the Battalions in case.
Militaries are best at killing things... why not focus our limited resources on the skills needed to kill, and/or supply those who do so, and allow our massive commercial and industrial base to fill in the remainder? We always talk about tooth to tail and how we need to reduce it. This would be a good place to start (there are 1600 logistics officers in Canada after all).