An Evaluation of an All Commuted Ration Ashore/a La Carte System for the Navy
ARMY NATICK RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER MA
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This report presents an evaluation of a food service system wherein all personnel at a Navy base were placed on a monetary allowance Commuted Ration and all food was priced a la carte. The result of placing personnel formerly on Rations in Kind RIK was a large reduction in their attendance rate and a consequent deterioration in their nutritional intake. In addition the cost of placing these RIK personnel on a monetary allowance made the food service system more expensive even though fewer meals were served than the conventional system. A La Carte food service, however, was highly accepted by personnel formerly on a Commuted Ration status, and their attendance rate in the dining hall increased. As a result it is recommended that any planned implementation of an all Commuted Ration policy ashore be discontinued because of the threat it poses to the training base for Navy cooks, its expense, and the threat to the nutritional health of personnel on RIK. However, it is recommended that a-la- carte food service for personnel on Commuted Rations be instituted because of its acceptance and the improvement in the quality of food service associated with it.
- Food, Food Service and Nutrition