Tactical and Technical

Combat Service Support BOS

By The Cove May 15, 2019


Across Army, there is a wide range of trades, specialties and career pathways, and for many it can be a long time between opportunities to practice and enhance our tactical skills. For those not actively involved in combat roles, often the only opportunity to intensively practice all-corps tactical skills are career courses, and it can often be around five years between those courses. Understandably, there is a lot of skill fade that can occur if you don't practice these skills or create chances to refresh your knowledge.

This video, produced by the Army Learning Production Centre (ALPC), provides a comprehensive explanation of the Combat Service Support Battlespace Operating System (CSS BOS).  It explores the following:

  • An overview of the CSS BOS
  • CSS characteristics and principles
  • The CSS BOS capabilities and planning data
  • Key planning considerations
  • CSS expectations

The CSS BOS is divided into six functions: transport support, supply support, maintenance support, health support, personnel support and engineer sustainability support. The art of logistics is to develop a simple, flexible plan which is able to be adjusted to support manoeuvre warfare. It is a combat multiplier if done correctly, and a burden if done poorly.  The information contained in this video will enhance your understanding of how CSS can be utilised in the planning and conduct of operations to determine what is logistically feasible.

Watch the video to refresh your knowledge on the CSS BOS in order to assist you with your next TEWT, and take a look at our other videos in this series to examine each of the individual BOS' in more detail.



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