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War Department orders to a theater or independent task
force according to local requirements and the availability of
trained companies. In general one Special Service Company
can service adequately at one time a force of approximately
15,000 men by setting up four recreational centers. These
centers provide the field equivalent of service clubs and post
exchanges and have athletic and entertainment facilities.
9. The Special Service Company, organized under T/O
28-17, is composed of a company headquarters and four
identical platoons. Each platoon is composed of a platoon
headquarters, a service section, and an exchange and canteen
section. (See fig. 10.)
10. The mobilization training program of the Special
Service Company, covering a period of 13 weeks, is prescribed
by MTP 28-1. When time permits, a second period
of advanced training of 13 weeks (or less) is added, during
which the company is given additional military instruction
and is trained to operate as a unit while carrying on its
service operations in conjunction with units of other arms
and services. The advanced (unit) training program is
prescribed by MTP 28-2.
11. Training literature is prescribed by MTP 28-1 and
MTP 28-2. Special emphasis will be placed on TM
21-205 and MIS Special Series No. 11 (Morale-building
Activities in Foreign Armies), as well as on all War Department
publications on Special Service and Army Exchange
Service activities, and on publications originated
by the Director, Special Service Division, Army Service
12. The organic transport of the Special Service Company
is prescribed by T/O 28-17 and T/E 28-17. It consists
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