At the time of World War 1, after the battle availability of food was the major problem. Then a committee on military research evaluated the problem of under consumption of military rations in the battle field and what are the steps to be taken to overcome those problems.
Different Military rations:
Rations are used to feed the US military troops. XMRE meals are the popular food supplier for military troops. Rations are the food supplied to the military. The detailed information about military rations is as follows. All these rations are available in XMRE meals menu items.
Iron Ration: This was the first move made to feed the soldiers on the battle field and was introduced in 1907 by US government. It is also called as an emergency ration. It contains preserved meat, hard crackers, vegetables, roasted coffee, sugar and salt with one pound of tin packet weight. It hardly last for 2 days, when there is a shortage of food.
Trench ration: It is not possible to front line soldiers cook at the field sometimes. Then to provide food for them large canned meals were prepared. These cans are large weighted and soldiers are not able to carry along with them. So, limited items were preferred by them. The ration included tins of meat, dried vegetables, pepper, and salt.
Reserve ration: This ration was announced later First World War to feed troops who are away from the field kitchens. This ration consists of corned beef, pack of ground coffee, sugar and salt.
A-ration: In this ration fresh and frozen foods are prepared with the packed ingredients. These meals are prepared in the field kitchens. A-rations contain canned or preserved ingredients and transported to fields to prepare the meals.
B-Ration: Like A-ration, in this the ingredients used for cooking at filed kitchen were provided in large cans for breakfast and dinner. These ingredients are semi perishable and no refrigeration is required. The ingredients like flour, sugar, pepper, vegetables and meat.
C-Ration: It replaces reserve ration which is used for short term use. These rations are useful where there is no availability of field kitchens. This method was proven useful to soldiers. With the improvements in the menus C-ration providing variety of meals, fruits and desserts.
D-Ration: This ration providing chocolate bars to the troops. These chocolate bars provide instant energy to the soldiers.
K-Ration: This ration of box items is designed for light weight food. It contains the amounts of calories required for an individual soldier per day. This ration box contains sugar tablets, biscuits, soluble coffee, cigarette, chewing gum, etc. of the military choice.