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                  More Behind the M.O.R.E.
 Here at Fort Jackson, SC, we focus on training over 60% of the Soldiers for the ever-growing Army. We try to offer the
best when it comes to taking care of our future Soldiers during one of the most challenging times in their career, Basic Combat Training. With the added stress these Trainees are put through, we are encouraged to provide extra meals throughout the day and high-intensity events. These extra meals are called Modular Operational Ration Enhancements, or simply M.O.R.E.
With the current mitigations in effect for COVID 19, we ensure that our future Soldiers have plenty of healthy options available with more than enough calories to offset the strenuous tasks they undergo. Each Trainee consumes more than 2000 Calories per day (at least one meal per day
is an MRE which is approximately 1300 Calories alone). This is more than enough nutrition as per Army Regulation 40-25, Nutrition Standards and Education. So why implement the M.O.R.E. in BCT? Let’s take a closer look into the subject of M.O.R.E.
The M.O.R.E. is designed for Soldiers in extreme field conditions that are losing weight while still eating at least 3 MREs per day (approximately 3900 Calories). There were 2 types of M.O.R.E.s created; those for cold weather and high altitude, and those for hot weather. These augmented meals will add
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at least 1000 Calories to your daily intake in a balance of carbohydrates, caffeine, electrolytes, and vitamins to fit operational needs.
These meals were tested by 10th Mountain and the 75th Ranger Regiment during deployments and were implemented in heavy activities where Soldiers would need between 4500 and 6000 calories per day 1. For this reason, the M.O.R.E. is an amazing benefit to the Army 1. Now let’s take a step back and look at this concept as it pertains to Basic Combat Training.
Starting with the target audience for this supplement, the M.O.R.E. was created and designed for “warfighters during particularly stressful situations on the battlefield during extreme
weather conditions” McNulty 1. The personnel
that these rations were designed for were already
fit, experienced Soldiers that have been preparing for the upcoming operations months ahead of deployment. They know when to utilize these supplements, how they work, and how to moderate their intake. These are professional Soldiers performing extraordinary tasks above the normal limits of what regular people can accomplish 1.
Then there is the other end of the spectrum, Basic Combat Training. This is the environment in which civilians are introduced to the Army way of life, are groomed to be more physically fit,
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