At any one time some 70% of armed forces personnel in the UK and permanent bases overseas are catered for through a number of Catering, Retail and Leisure and other multi-activity contracts (incorporating Pay As You Dine arrangements) to deliver this and other services. Contractors are required to offer a core meal, covering breakfast, lunch and dinner, with set calorific and nutritional standards, in line with the prevailing daily food charge, which is currently capped by the Armed Forces Pay Review body at a maximum of £4.25 per day in UK and €4.85 per day in Germany. Service personnel can, however, choose an alternative retail offering if they prefer. Those serving in the UK at sites not covered by these arrangements are charged the standard daily food charge of £4.25 per day.
Armed forces personnel serving on operations and exercises are not charged for the food provided to them.