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A ration, in the phraseology of Army Regulations, is the "established daily allowance of food for one man." The regular ration of the United States Army is accepted by all as liberal and satisfactory; but as it may not always be possible to issue it during active service, the question of an emergency ration has been under discussion, for some time back, in Army circles. Recently a practical turn has been given to the subject which promises to yield results that will be of value, not only to the soldier, but to the country at large. General Morgan, Commissary General of Subsistence, has invited the attention of'the Secretary of War to the want in our service of a special ration to be carried by each soldier and used only when the regular issue can not be made. Such a ration should combine the properties of wholesomeness, palatability, proper nutritive value
CONCENTRATED FOOD AND ARMY RATIONS. JAMA. 1895;XXIV(20):771–772. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430200035008
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