Everyone knows about or has seen the MRE ration issued out ot the US military with similar versions used by other nations. A lot of people don’t know that a ration like it was used during the Vietnam war for Special Operations forces.
The LRRP rations was issued out to exactly who it is named after. The Long Range Patrol personnel who couldn’t carry the C-ration cans due to noise and weight.
The ration’s final 11 ounces (310 g) weight was a compromise between the original packet’s target weight of 5 ounces (140 g) and the base 1 pound (0.45 kg) target weight of the larger experimental Meal, Ready-to-Eat, Individual (MRE-I), a forerunner of the later MRE.
LRP rations of the mid-1960s were packed in a large cardboard box of twenty-four meals in eight varieties: 1) Beef hash, 2) Beef and rice, 3) Beef stew, 4) Chicken and rice, 5) Chicken stew, 6) Chili con carne, 7) Pork and scalloped potatoes, and 8) Spaghetti with meat sauce. Each meal came in a tinfoil packet covered with olive-drab cloth, with a brown-foil accessory packet.
Since the LRP ration needed water to be hydrated before eating more water had to be carried or consumed if the ration was eaten dry. This defeated the purpose of the weight reduction. Water had to be carried extra for the ration or used locally. Of course local water in the tropics of Asia was a bad idea so iodine tablets had to be used to make the water safe. Because of these drawbacks production was limited and the ration issued to SOF troops. The LRP was used until the 80s when the MRE became the standard ration.