Folks, Some of you may have seen the news about the new rat packs being trialled. We had them out in Belize and they have probably reached further afield. As we all know, our rations are very popular - at least in content terms, if not calorific value. So in order to cater for foreign forces who may well use our rations on multinational operations, we are now bringing a range of menu items to appeal to them. A non-exhaustive list is below: 1. Croissants - sealed in a bag of nitrogen to ensure freshness. It comes with a pat of butter and a choice of preserves i.e. jams. 2. Bananas and Kiwi fruit - it would seem that they are the most potent 'bang-for-buck' fruit going. 3. Chicken drumsticks - presumably will be a big favourite for many. The jury is out about adding pots of dip i.e. BBQ etc. 4. Digestive biscuits - in addition, results from ongoing studies indicate that crushed digestive biscuits have excellent blood absorption properties so could be used in extremis for that purpose. 5. Free range and organic pates - results from in-field trials suggest these will be/are very popular with European elements. 6. Eggs. These will probably be sealed in a nitrogen atmosphere (similar to croissants) and will be packaged in a crush-resist shell made largely from seaweed protein to ensure full bio-degradability. The new range of 10 man packs will include full joints of meat i.e. beef, lamb etc, all suitably packaged and protected. In addition, there will be some new sundry items, notably a combination P-38 can opener/lighter, washable tissues and collapsible KFS, made out of the same seaweed protein base (see above). The 24 version comes in a box that fits neatly (just!) into a standard PLCE utility pouch. It is intended that these rats will be rolled out for large-scale testing in the post-Summer block leave exercise period before being sent to theatres: Iraq first. Comments? I think it's about time our rats got an overhaul.