Ration Trials – Datrex Blue

FOREWORD

Before a ration can be judged, the objective or the purpose of the ration must be evaluated. Will it be used for fixed, secure positions such as firebases, and walled/secured villages, or is its purpose to provide nutrition for day long patrols and other offensive operations?

For these purposes, a variety of rations were put to the test in both kinds of environments, one simulating a firebase, and the other simulating a full day of hiking over unforgiving desert mountains. The past September, Datrex Blue rations were subject to the test.

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The study involved a variety of factors such as:
– Actual nutrition value. – Just how much actual nutrition is in the ration.
– Hunger satisfaction value. – The degree in which it satisfies the psychological feel of having eaten a meal.
– Thirst factor. – Does the ration cause excessive thirst?
– Weight/Space/Volume value. – How much space and how much weight does it take up?
– Taste value. – How does it taste? Is it something you could look forward to eating again?
– Price. – Can you stock enough of it at a reasonable price.

BACKGROUND

The Datrex series of emergency rations are quite well known among those who require emergency food supplies which need to be stored for extended periods of time in a compact environment where space is at a premium. The Datrex Blue ration’s usefulness as a purely emergency ration on board boats is already proven and is endorsed by the United States Coast Guard as a great choice for that purpose. So how does the Datrex Blue stack up as a Zombie combat ration?

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FIXED POSITIONS

Teams and groups hunkered down in a secure location needs to eat. No matter what a group’s strategy, any team that has any hope of staying operational for a long time will have at least one fixed position.
Realities of life in a fixed position during a Zombie outbreak will be one involving long periods of isolation with periodic engagements from outside forces. The Datrex Blue is designed for short term sustainment until rescue can arrive. One packet of Datrex Blue can sustain one person for three days without heavy activity. If human psychology were not a factor, taking in one of those 200 Calorie tablets every six hours for days on end could provide for a good food solution in fixed positions. However, because there is really only one flavor, the effect on morale will be disastrous in the long run. However, the Datrex Blue ration does excel exceedingly well in a completely different role.

OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS AND PATROLS

The Datrex Blue’s compact yet high-in-calorie tablets are excellent for operations outside of fixed positions. At 38 grams per tablet, it is extremely light weight, and it tastes like a cookie. It does not need any kind of preparation, which reduces just about every signature there is. No light, no smoke, no smell.

FINAL ANALYSIS

So what does this mean for the professional Zombie fighter? It means that the Datrex Blue ration is the ideal ration for operations outside of fixed positions. Be it some kind of offensive operation or patrols. Also the ration does not induce thirst at any significant level. It will not require the individual to carry any more water than would normally be required on a hike.
In terms of fulfilling the sensation of hunger, it will not feel like walking out of a buffet, but it does get the job done. In a Zombie infested battlefield, just about everyone will be acclimated to the feeling of not being quite full anyway.
The only downside to them is that they are brittle so carrying them in some kind of hard case will be necessary.
In terms of price, a pack of 18 Datrex Blue tablets (each pack containing a total of 3,600 Calories), goes for $9.95. Granted, in a high-energy consuming task such as patrolling over rough terrain, or conducting an offensive operation to secure a key resource (such as an untapped water tank), the fighter will burn through the entire pack in one day. But even then, it still costs less than what most people spend for two meals at McDonalds. Considering that an outbreak is probably not imminent, even stocking two of these per month would result in twenty four packs by the end of the year.

SUMMARY

Pros:
Lightweight
Good nutrition value
Compact
Reasonable price
Low signature
Taste

Cons:
Brittle
Only one flavor

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