a. Purpose. The go-to-war-ration (GTW) is designed to sustain an individual
during the early stages of mobilization until the time the ration industry can catch up and
meet the demand.
This ration evolved from lessons learned during Operation Desert
Shield/Storm. It does not meet the full spectrum of Military Service
Requirements for Operational Rations. Therefore, it augments the "family of
rations" and does not replace an operational ration.
b. Product Characteristics.
(1) Each of the 12 nutritionally complete menus consists of commercially
available, individual serving shelf-stable components.
The food is fully processed/prepared and ready-to-eat.
Each meal provides an average of 1300 kilocalories.
The shelf life of this ration is 18 months at 80F (27C).
There are 12 meals per shipping container, one of each menu.
Each meal weighs 2 pounds and the case weighs 25 pounds.
c. Additional Information.
(1) This ration is not readily accessible. The Defense Supply Center
Philadelphia can only provide it when authorized to do so in situations where the MRE is
(2) The Soldier Systems Center, Natick maintains a comprehensive
computer database of commercially available, shelf-stable foods to support this ration.
(3) When a requirement for procurement is received by the DSCP, menus
reflecting currently available components will be coordinated with the Office of The
Surgeon General for approval and packing/assembly documents will be finalized.
RATION, COLD WEATHER