7 ways military rations used to be a lot better

Military scientists work tirelessly to make modern rations as light, nutritious, and healthy as possible for the warfighter. But they don’t seem to care about them being awesome at all. Here are 7 things they’ve removed from the menu that modern troops may enjoy.

1. Liquor

From the Revolutionary War through 1832, soldiers received a “spirits ration” of rum, brandy, or whiskey. The standard spirits ration was replaced with coffee and sugar, but leaders could still order special alcohol rations for their soldiers until 1865 when an order from the War Department discontinued the practice.

Source: 7 ways military rations used to be a lot better

That’s pretty much all you need to read on the list. There’s a few inaccuracies in the list as well, including the one about soap. Soap is not a ration, but rather an item of supply (in fact, Class VI, just like liquor).

And beer was actually part of the (notional) ration during World War II. Sure, you weren’t likely to get it on the front line, but if you were pulled into reserve (or were a REMF) the ration was two bottles a day per man.

1 thought on “7 ways military rations used to be a lot better”

  1. In 1832, an American President sighed an Executive order that was a travesty. Yes….Andrew Jackson replaced rum ration in Military rations with coffee by fiat…errr…Executive Order.
    He also can claim the glory or originating the Democratic Party Symbol…the Jackass…err…Donkey…Mule…what ever.
    Regard, thanks for the great site.

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