C-Rations

  • FSN
  • 8970-577-4513
  • Specification
  • MIL-M-35048
First procured in 1961, the Meal, Combat, Individual (MCI) weighed just under 2 pounds and was produced in 12 different menus. Each menu contained approximately 1200 calories and consisted of:
  • One canned meat course
  • One canned fruit or cake
  • One B unit can that contained crackers and either a cocoa beverage or candy
  • One canned spread (peanut butter, jam or cheese spread)
  • Accessory Packet containing:
    • instant coffee
    • cream substitute
    • sugar
    • salt
    • chewing gum
    • matches
    • toilet paper
    • cigarettes
Soldiers opened the cans with the P38 can opener and though the contents were typically eaten unheated, the food could be warmed using a fuel tablet. Known as C-Rations, the meals were issued to U.S. forces throughout the Vietnam War, however, the lighter weight freeze-dried LRP Ration was developed for reconnaissance teams.

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