What does FOBIT mean in Military?

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Forward Operating Base

Main bases and FOBs typically consists of larger footprint with reliable a power grid, internet and phone services, hard ball (concrete buildings) coffee shops, exchange (retail store), dining (DFAC) and fast food facilities, gym, and recreational facilities, medical, dental, walls or wll developed barriers, and security (think small city or towns). FOBIT is the approximate equivalent to the Vietnam era REMF (Rear Echelon M** F**), or POGUE (People of Greater Use Elsewhere), or occasionally "POG" (People Other than Grunts); it is a derogatory term, fully intended as an insult (usually rightfully so) toward those who live in the relative safety of a main base and are often guilty of imposing peacetime, civilized world rules such as uniform or grooming standards on troops who live and operate for days or weeks on end outside the wire. A couple of real life examples are: 1) the supply Master Sergeant who would not issue thermal imaging gear to soldiers because according to regulations that item was on their custody card and if they were damaged or lost that Sergeant would be accountable for the equipment; even though the item was issued out to another Soldier. That FOBIT jeopardized the safety of field personnel due to strict (and incorrect) interpretation of a supply directive; 2) the senior NCO who was reprimanding exhausted troops arriving at Bagram air terminal after spending weeks in the field without showers, uninterrupted sleep, or a hot, cooked meal for their out of standards shaves, haircuts, and dirty uniforms. That FOBIT worked in a well-protected office where they were not subject to shelling, IEDs, and random gun fire; they enjoyed civilized luxuries such as laundry service, a room in a building with heater, daily hot showers, coffee shops, and meals in the dining facility (DFAC) and when faced with troops returning from weeks in a mud hole without showers, running water, or sustenance other than MREs, instead of welcoming them safely back and asking what they could do to help, derided them for not having clean uniforms haircuts and shaves like the support personnel who rarely, if ever left the base.

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What does FOBIT mean?

Forward operating base
A forward operating base is any secured forward military position, commonly a military base, that is used to support tactical operations. A FOB may or may not contain an airfield, hospital, or other facilities. The base may be used for an extended period of time. FOBs are traditionally supported by Main Operating Bases that are required to provide backup support to them. A FOB also improves reaction time to local areas as opposed to having all troops on the main operating base. In its most basic form, a FOB consists of a ring of barbed wire around a position with a fortified entry control point, or ECP. More advanced FOBs include an assembly of earthen dams, concrete barriers, gates, watchtowers, bunkers and other force protection infrastructure. They are often built from Hesco bastions. In Afghanistan during 2011 there were 137 British bases however as of March 2013 bases are closing on average of one a week and in April 2013 when Operation Herrick 17 finishes there will be only 14 left.

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