Living on rations - on the Beeb website

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  1. I'm not sure we want to know the answer to that question! 8O
     
  2. It's Goodbye Biscuits Brown.

    This is from the press release:

    Examples of items which have been replaced are:

    * Chocolate bars removed and replaced with flapjack/energy bars.

    * Biscuits Brown, Biscuits Fruit & Pate Replaced with Pasta pouches
    which can be eaten cold.

    * A reduction in the hot drinks which has been replaced with energy
    drinks and fruit flavourings for water to encourage hydration.

    * 20 New Main Meals to encourage soldiers to eat.

    * Cold breakfasts such as muesli's to get extra carbohydrate and
    fibre and to add variety from a baked bean based breakfast.

    * Fruit Puree drinks and fruit cocktail desserts added to replace hot
    custard based desserts.
     
  3. daywalker

    daywalker LE Reviewer

    When are these rat packs coming into general circulation then?
     
  4. Out with the old 'Mike Tyson' bog paper as well ( Rough, tough, and takes no Sh!t ) :D
    No mention of the 'blocking' effect either :roll:
    Processed cheese and marmalade bickies weren't too bad smeared with a drop of OMD75, OEP 220 or other oily condiment :wink: ( Tankies diet )
     
  5. i actually like the biscuit fruits
     
  6. daywalker

    daywalker LE Reviewer

    Bring back rolled oats mix !!!
     
  7. The old ones may have been heavy but they went down a treat when you threw it into an 'all in'in the depths of a German mid Winter Taceval, the new stuff looks to have been designed by a nutritionist and then the bean counters stripped the flavours out as part of a cost cutting exercise...I have to admit to quite liking MRE's as a change when we got our hands on them...sad Muppet.
     
  8. Ration packs enhance morale by providing a reminder of what you'd get at home.

    Consider the staples in the Cookhouse in any barracks - beans for breakfast, beans for lunch, beans for evening meal.

    I suppose that, at home, you have the option of omitting the beans a couple of times a day whereas with an all-in-one compo meal you don't.

    If compo were to reflect current barracks dining (in the wake of PAYD), would the new rations comprise little more than Pot Noodles and cornflakes?
     
  9. Ah biscuits AB (Army Book?), we shall never see your like again...I was convinced they were called AB like all Army stationery because they were made of cardboard!
     
  10. daywalker

    daywalker LE Reviewer

    Did any sick individual actually like fruit dumplings in butterscotch sauce?

    If they are cutting down on the brew selection in the new packs is it not worth sticking some Mre heaters in ( or some sort of equivalent )
     
  11. The full release.

    MoD tests fresh range of hot weather menus for troops on operations

    Troops are to get new food rations on operations as a range of new
    menu trials get under way with soldiers.

    The Multi Climate Ration (MCR) trial sees the introduction of 20 new
    trial menus for general use on the front line in hot weather
    environments plus six new menus for halal, vegetarian and Sikh/Hindu
    variants.

    The design of the trial MCR packs has been heavily influenced by
    feedback from personnel in all three Services including direct input
    from troops who have experienced eating Operational Ration Packs for
    long periods on operational deployments in severe and demanding
    conditions. Food selection panels were conducted in May 2008 to
    select products for the new MCR.

    The Multi Climate Menu trials aim to address the forces' concerns for
    the long term and will provide a number of varied and nutrional food
    items to meet the needs of troops in the harsh Afghanistan and Iraq
    environments.

    Launching the Multi Climate Rations trials, Lt Gen Dick Applegate,
    Chief of Materiel Land said:

    "Food is vitally important to the morale of our Armed Forces,
    especially whilst deployed on operations. One of the most important
    requirements is to provide increased variety to troops operating for
    long periods on rations which will help reduce menu fatigue. These
    new menus have been developed to meet the needs of service personnel
    operating in the extreme climates of Afghanistan and Iraq, providing
    them with a range of nutritionally balanced meals."

    Defence Food Services project leader, Captain Paul Cunningham said:

    "The food served to our soldiers, sailors and airmen is
    well-balanced, nutritious and plentiful and, in the main camps, the
    majority of our troops eat freshly prepared hot and cold meals,
    cooked by professional skilled chefs, using a wide range of
    commercial rations including fresh fruit and vegetables. However, in
    the remote areas in Afghanistan and Iraq, away from the main camps,
    it is not always possible to provide meals cooked by chefs from raw
    ingredients. Under these circumstances we currently provide a range
    of ten general purpose (or 5 vegetarian, halal, Sikh Hindu) ration
    packs that are issued with supplements to reflect the weather.

    "The new Multi Climate Ration trial will double the amount of
    available menus and remove the need for supplements. We have lots of
    new items in the rations and I am convinced these will be very
    popular with our troops."

    The new range of menus will be sent to Iraq and Afghanistan for
    summer 2009. The Multi Climate trial will help inform the long term
    future of menus for ration packs in hot climates for summer 2010 and
    beyond.

    Notes to editors:

    1. The MCR trial will run from May 2009-October 2009.

    2. In 2007 DFS IPT purchased 135,000 Hot Climate Supplements (HCS)
    which were sent forward into theatre. Throughout the summer months (1
    May - 31 Oct) every soldier issued with a box of 24 hr Operational
    Ration Pack was also issued with a bag of five supplements comprising
    energy bars, pretzels, drink flavouring and a pasta meal which could
    be eaten cold. We have also been issuing winter supplements in recent
    years.

    3. On average 1.5 million 24 hour packs are eaten every year with
    variable contents.

    4. It is recommended soldiers consume 4000Kcals in hot weather and
    3600Kcals in more temperate environments.

    5. Ten-man rations are used when fresh ingredients cannot be supplied
    due to operational factors but when chefs are available to feed
    Service Personnel in groups in the field. 24hr packs are issued to
    individuals when it is not possible for chefs to cook meals.

    6. Examples of items which have been replaced are:

    * Chocolate bars removed and replaced with flapjack/energy bars.

    * Biscuits Brown, Biscuits Fruit & Pate Replaced with Pasta pouches
    which can be eaten cold.

    * A reduction in the hot drinks which has been replaced with energy
    drinks and fruit flavourings for water to encourage hydration.

    * 20 New Main Meals to encourage soldiers to eat.

    * Cold breakfasts such as muesli's to get extra carbohydrate and
    fibre and to add variety from a baked bean based breakfast.

    * Fruit Puree drinks and fruit cocktail desserts added to replace hot
    custard based desserts.
     
  12. Pob02

    Pob02 War Hero Book Reviewer

    Now what do we get the young Subbies to do? Can it be true that the days of the "brew-bitch" are numbered ?
     
  13. I liked the bloke in the comments who started going on about his own soldiering days and whinging about what happened to the British Soldier? Yes mate, becaue Active Edge was SOOOOO much worse then Telic/Herrick wasn't it?
     
  14. Call me a freak (pause two, three - Freak!!) but I like Biscuits Brown :(