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to draw rations in bulk, divide them into company lots, and distribute them as cooked meals, all under cover of darkness. Consumption of a given ration issue begins with either breakfast or supper, prefer- ably supper. The 24-hour period in which it is planned that rations will be consumed is called a "ration cycle."

b. In combat, the daily strength report constitutes the requisition for rations. Companies and detach- ments transmit their strength reports through com- mand channels to regimental headquarters. There the S-1 section makes a consolidated report and

sends it to division headquarters; pared for the regimental supply port is the basis on which rations

one copy is pre- officer. This re- in bulk are issued

to the regiment at one or more days

the army supply point (railhead)

later.

At

the

time

of

issue,

the

regimental supply officer or his makes adjustment with the railhead any differences shown by the most report.

representative officer to meet recent strength

c. The army quartermaster service sorts rations at or near supply points into lots for regiments and smaller units. The regiment sends transportation to the army supply point to obtain the rations accord- ing to a time schedule established by the division. Rations are loaded by army service personnel as- sisted by truck drivers. Rations received are checked against itemized lists furnished at the time of issue.

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