1-14. HUMANITARIAN POUCHED MEAL
(1) The development of the Humanitarian Pouched Meal (HPM) was based
on a need expressed by the US Army.
(2) In 1993, vast numbers of Cubans and Haitians were rescued from boats
and ships; many of these people were taken to the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba pending resolution of the political situations.
(3) Because of a water shortage crisis, the dining facilities were only able to
provide two meals a day to the people. Thus, a ration similar to the HDR was required,
except the meals contained one meal per day rather than the complete day's food.
b. Product Characteristics.
(1) The HPM is comprised of one entre, a beverage, and complimentary
components that were selected with the tastes of the recipients in mind.
(2) Since the overwhelming majority of the migrants were young, active
people, the nutritional requirements were tailored to that age group.
Each meal provides 967 kilocalories.
1-15. FIRST STRIKE RATIONS
(1) Designed to maintain/improve mental/physical performance. Lightweight
packaging with compact configuration will result in a reduction in weight and cube.
(2) The First Strike Ration (FSR) supports the Objective Force requirement
for a more strategically responsive, agile, and highly mobile force.
(3) Compared to the MRE, the FSR will have a projected weight and
volume reduction of 47 percent and 56 percent respectively with a similar cost