Military Recruits & Dietary Intake

Research Paper Title Dietary Intake in Relation to Military Dietary Reference Values During Army Basic Combat Training; a Multi-center, Cross-sectional Study. Background The military dietary reference intakes (MDRIs), outlined in Army Regulation 40-25, OPNAVINST 10110.1/MCO10110.49, AFI 44-141, establish standards intended to meet the nutrient requirements of Warfighters. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to… Read More


What is the Role of Drill Sergeants in Nutrition Behaviours of Soldiers in Basic Combat Training?

Research Paper Title Role of Drill Sergeants in Nutrition Behaviours of Soldiers in Basic Combat Training. Background In the US Army, soldiers’ nutrition behaviours have a direct impact on their performance. The emphasis in basic combat training is on “soldierisation” (transforming a civilian into a soldier), and drill sergeants are instrumental in this process. Limited… Read More

Jurched vs Mongol: Carbohydrate vs Protein

“Compared to the Jurched soldiers, the Mongols were much healthier and stronger. The Mongols consumed a steady diet of meat, milk, yoghurt, and other diary products, and they fought men who lived on gruel made from various grains. The grain diet of the peasant soldiers stunted their bones, rotted their teeth, and left them weak… Read More

Any Link: Brain Volume & a Mediterranean Diet

Researchers have reported that people who more closely followed a Mediterranean-like diet had total brain volume that was 13.11  mL larger (P=0.007) than that of people who adhered less closely to he diet. Eating more fish and less meat was associated with larger brain volumes. The researchers estimated that the effect of adhering to a… Read More

ADF: Quality Assurance of Current Combat Ration Pack Components

Research Paper Title Quality Assurance of Current Combat Ration Pack Components: 12 Months Progress Report on 2010/11 Ration Packing Program. Abstract The Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) provides science and technology (S&T) support to the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) for the through-life management of combat ration pack (CRP) components. DSTO’s support includes provision of… Read More

Nutrition & the Military

A new sub-section of the blog ‘Nutrition and the Military’ can be found under the main heading page of ‘Anatomy and Physiology’. This article looks at: The MOD Defintion of nutrition; How Nutrition is framed regarding physical fitness; The History of Military Nutrition; Contemporary Military Nutrition; Nutrition on Operational Deployment; Water and the Human Body;… Read More