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TABLE 2-3 Nutritional standards for operational and restricted rations

Nutrient

Unit1

Operational rations

Restricted rations2,4

Energy

Kcal

3600

1100–1500

Protein

gm

100

50–70

Carbohydrate

gm

440

100–200

Fat

gm

160 (maximum)

50–70

Vitamin A

mcg RE

1000

500

Vitamin D

mcg

10

5

Vitamin E

mg TE

10

5

Ascorbic Acid

mg

60

30

Thiamin

mg

1.8

1.0

Riboflavin

mg

2.2

1.2

Niacin

mg NE

24

13

Vitamin B6

mg

2.2

1.2

Folacin

mcg

400

200

Vitamin B12

mcg

3

1.5

Calcium

mg

800

400

Phosphorus

mg

800

400

Magnesium

mg

800

400

Iron

mg

18

9

Zinc

mg

15

7.5

Sodium

mg

5000–70005

2500–35005

Potassium

mg

1875–5625

950–2800

1 See notes in table 2-1 for explanation of units.

2 Values are minimum standards at the time of consumption unless shown as a range or a maximum level.

3 The operational ration includes the MCI, MRE, A, B, and T rations.

4 Restricted rations are for use under certain operational scenarios such as long-range patrol, assault, and reconnaissance when troops are required to subsist for short periods (up to 10 days) on an energy restricted ration.

5 These values do not include salt packets.



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