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May 17, 1941


JAMA. 1941;116(20):2278. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820200048012

Food is one of the most important single factors in maintaining good morale among soldiers. The rigors of military life, particularly during warfare, tax to the utmost the physical and mental stamina. Recently Lieut. Col. Paul P. Logan,1 chief of the Subsistence Branch of the Office of the Quartermaster General, has answered fully the query as to how the American soldier is fed.

The composition of the ration, or food which is provided for each soldier daily, may vary considerably depending on circumstances. Thus the diet of men in the field during warfare may be quite different from that of those in garrisons far from the scenes of conflict. The ration of the garrison provides all the constituents of a properly balanced diet and includes among other items a variety of meats, vegetables, fruits and beverages. The rations issued in the field are, of course, influenced by the fact