Nutrition should be thought of as an enhancement to
military operations. Properly planned and executed, good feeding
practices in the field maintain and enhance operational performance
and morale and significantly contribute to mission accomplishment.
Military personnel who optimize their nutritional status will better
endure the harsh environments encountered in today's battlefield.
Military leaders must insure that all
service members (soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines; hereafter
referred to as soldiers) know the importance of food and how to
implement sound nutritional practices in garrison and in the field. In
addition, leaders should set the example for their troops by
practicing good eating habits themselves.
This technical note provides guidance
for proper nutrition in garrison and, especially, field environments.
Soldiers performing physically demanding training or field missions
are especially receptive to information on diet and physical
This technical note is written for
anyone (including commanders, small unit leaders and the individual
soldier) who has questions or concerns or needs information on
military rations. The first chapter presents general guidelines for
the garrison environment. The next two chapters present general
information and suggestions for planning nutritional support of
military personnel operating in any field setting. The fourth chapter
addresses the issue of supplements. The latter three chapters contain
special advice for operating in extreme environments, ranging from the
severe heat of the desert or tropics to the bitter arctic cold and to
the high altitudes of the mountains.