But the RBR Quartermaster says the letter “is not 100 percent accurate”.
The letter states: “We are working a minimum of eight (8) hour shifts and at times, double shifts.
“We have been fed pastries for breakfast everyday since deployment.
“For dinner we have been served sub par, undercooked meats, overcooked meals that are not substantial for working men and women.
“There are dietary preferences that have been completely ignored and so those soldiers do not eat at all unless they forage for
“We have been sent out into the public, risking our lives to not even be provided with proper boxed lunches and sometimes there is no lunch at all. Water that has been provided has been unfiltered tap water and has debris oating in it. We have been expected to now purchase food from the very few open places during our lunch break.
It has been through the generosity of some of the appreciative yet sympathic public that we even eat and have clean water while on duty.
Let’s not mention when we come back in from the late shift, the kitchen is closed.
“We have been threatened to be charged with Breach of Command if we are not back to our stations by the assigned time, while foraging for food, while also witnessing the chefs eating hot meals themselves.
“Some of us have resorted to purchasing and cooking for the entire camp just to ensure that we get at least one decent meal.
“This is unethical.
“This is also unacceptable that we, the soldiers are expected to work, maintain order, operate off little sleep, risk our lives and at times public prosecution and still function without adequate nutrition. And without adaquate nutrition, any medical physician will attest to the decline in productivity and being susceptible to illness.
“Now is not the time to risk the soldiers’ health and safety. This needs to be fixed NOW.
“It has already been brought to the attention of the kitchen staff, the Quarter Master, the Officer Commanding and yourself the Minister of National Defense, with no improvement in sight.
“Who should we complain to next – the Governor, our family and friends and inevitably the media?
“All we are asking for is a variety of three (3) nutritional meals that are substantial to keep working soldiers healthy, considering dietary restrictions (vegetarians & diabetics).
“We are here doing the work of the government, at least the government can do is feed us decently.
“I implore you, Minister Caines to have this issue rectified, immediately.”