Accession Number:

ADA160290

Title:

Eating in Combat: A Survey of How Much and What Foods U.S. Marines Eat in Action

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. for period ending 1982

Corporate Author:

ARMY NATICK RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER MA

Report Date:

1984-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

40.0

Abstract:

A survey of U.S. Marines with combat experience was conducted in order to assess eating habits in combat. The questionnaire included questions on how much and what was eaten during a Marines first and second combat experience, as well as general questions concerning eating in combat. The final sample consisted of responses from 475 individuals. Marines reported eating less than usual during the first three days of their first and second combat situation. Combat activity was mentioned most often as the reason for eating less, although fear was a partial determinant on the first day, declining in importance on subsequent days. Among desirable properties of operational rations, ease of carrying and preparing foods were mentioned most frequently.

Subject Categories:

  • Food, Food Service and Nutrition
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE