Food Packet, Survival, General Purpose, Improved

Food Packet, Survival, General Purpose, Improved intended for use on aircraft, on life rafts, or survival/evasion scenarios. Soldiers are provided with these survival food packages that each contain six compressed bars of food plus tea, soup and other items
Food Packet, Survival, General Purpose, Improved intended for use on aircraft, on life rafts, or survival/evasion scenarios. Soldiers are provided with these survival food packages that each contain six compressed bars of food plus tea, soup and other items.

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Food Packet, Survival in 1961

The Food Packet, Survival was type-classified in 1961, replacing all other survival packets except those designed for space constraints and water limitation (Abandon Ship and Aircraft, Life Raft). It was adopted by all branches of the Armed Forces as a standard survival ration, replacing both the Food Packet, Survival Arctic, SA and the tropical Food Packet Survival, ST.

The food packet was packaged in a 12-ounce rectangular can (key-opening type) containing four food bars, survival-type (randomly selected from six types available) plus Instant Coffee, Sugar, Soup and gravy base (chicken flavored), a sheet of directions, and a key type can opener taped to the container.

Food Packet, Survival, General Purpose, Improved (GP-I)

Food Packet, Survival, General Purpose contents

The improved version of the Food Packet, Survival, General Purpose successfully survived a storage study of five years duration. The GP-I provides approximately 42% more calories than the original general-purpose survival ration with essentially the same weight and volume. The Air Force definition of the role for this product is that it is used to sustain personnel in any survival situation for periods of up to five consecutive days.

The ration contains six compressed bars consisting of two cereal bars, three cookie bars, and one sucrose bar which are sealed in trilaminate pouches and packed in a water resistant, paperboard box. Lemon tea, sugar, and soup and gravy base are also included.

Each packet provides 1447 kilocalories (5% protein, 39% fat, and 56% carbohydrate). It is designed to provide a maximum of 8% of the calories from protein in order to minimize metabolic water requirements.

Contents of the Food Packet, Survival, General Purpose, Improved.  The bars are wrapped and labeled individually, as shown in the inset at upper left of the image
Contents of the Food Packet, Survival, General Purpose, Improved. The bars are wrapped and labeled individually, as shown in the inset at upper left of the image.

The individual ration user prepares the food. Only fourteen ounces of water are required to reconstitute the lemon tea, soup and gravy base. In user tests, the new Food Packet, Survival, General Purpose, Improved was well rated for variety and acceptability. It is superior to the old General Purpose Survival Packet.

There are 24 packets per shipping container. The weight is .71 lb. per packet and 18.21 lb. per case. The volume is 0.014 cubic feet per packet and 0.520 cubic feet per case. The shelf life for this ration is 5 years at 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Food Packet, Survival, General Purpose, Improved is identified by NSN 8970-00-082-5665.

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