A Field Kitchen is a mobile cafeteria expected to meet the dietary needs of up to 150 people per week, though in practice that number varies depending on external factors such as supplies. Field kitchens are seen as a luxury on the front lines of a battlefield, though studies have shown they can improve troop morale, health and discipline when compared to normal field rations; Lyran generals in particular fight tooth and nail for luxuries such as field kitchens, ostensibly for these reasons. Civilian field kitchens are commonly found at remote work or industrial sites.
A unit may mount up to three Field Kitchens, each of which weighs 3 Tons and adds three crewmembers to the minimum crew requirement. BattleMechs, IndustrialMechs and aerospace units may not mount Field Kitchens.
- TechManual, p. 216, "Field Kitchen"