The Relative Acceptability and Consumption of the Current and Proposed Versions of the T Ration
Final rept. Oct 1989-Sep 1990,
ARMY NATICK RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER MA
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A two week field test was conducted to assess the impact of the FY89 and FY90 versions of the T Ration menu on ration acceptance and consumption, body weight, and hydration status. Two companies of soldiers were studied at the Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii. One company of soldiers was issued the FY89 T Ration menu complete 14-day cycle while the other received the FY90 version complete 10-day cycle and 4-day repetition. Soldiers were served the T Ration for breakfast and dinner and were given an MRE VIII lunch. Average weight loss was less than 1.5 of initial weight and, on average, 15 of soldiers were not adequately hydrated. The majority of T Ration items were liked slightly or better. Ration consumption averaged approximately 2900 calories kcal per day which is at the low end of the MRDA 2800 to 3600 kcal. For the majority of nutrients, soldiers consumed at or above the recommended levels. Neither ration acceptance, ration consumption, body weight loss, or hydration status differed as a function of T Ration version. In comparison to a 1985 test using an earlier version of the T Ration, soldiers in this test gave the rations more favorable ratings, showed a modest increase in T Ration consumption, and were less frequently dehydrated. This field test documented that the T Ration has improved, and suggested areas for continued improvement e.q., breakfast entrees.
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