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January 2, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(1):37-38. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440010055007

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Under the authority vested in him by Section 1146 Revised Statutes, the President has established an emergency ration for troops operating for short periods under circumstances which require them to depend upon supplies carried on their persons. This ration has been adopted after full consideration of the subject by boards of officers convened for the purpose. Forty-five officers, all men of rank, years and experience, served on these boards, the membership of which included 9 medical and 9 subsistence officers, 18 infantry, 6 cavalry, and 2 artillery officers, and 1 inspector general. The ration adopted may therefore be accepted as the best that can be provided by the knowledge and experience of the military men of this country.

The want of a special and distinctive emergency ration in our service has been a subject of discussion, particularly by line officers, since the time of the Franco-Prussian war, when so much

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