U.S. Army Rations—A Short History. The Cook’s Creed.
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For more than a century after 1776, the basis of all troop feeding—for soldiers in camp, on the march, in action, or just surviving—was the simple fare of meat and bread, and sometimes vegetables, known as the garrison ration.
From the Revolutionary War to the First World War, the garrison ration served the unit, the small group, and the individual.Early Rations