Overview of the Development of Australian Combat Ration Packs
DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION FISHERMANS BEND (AUSTRALIA) LAND DIV
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The introduction of continual product improvement-whereby items are replaced or reformulated depending on feedback from soldiers and sensory evaluation of specific foods and beverages-has led to a steady improvement in both the nutritional quality and acceptability of combat rations. In addition, prototype ration packs have been developed for specific purposes and include light-weight rations, hot climates rations, and modular rations. Combat rations remain vital to the performance of our soldiers during training, on field exercises and on operations. Continued research in Defence food and nutrition is essential to ensure that ADF members are provided with combat rations that deliver the nutrition required to sustain optimal cognitive and physical performance.
- Food, Food Service and Nutrition