Meal, Cold Weather/Long Range Patrol (MCW/LRP)

What is it?

The Meal, Cold Weather/Food Packet, Long Range Patrol (MCW/LRP) provides an operational ration for two separate operational scenarios. The Meal, Cold Weather (MCW) is intended for cold weather feeding, it will not freeze and supplies extra drink mixes for countering dehydration during cold weather activities. It can be issued at three per day for a complete cold weather ration. The MCW is packaged in a white camouflage pouch similar to the RCW. The Food Packet, Long Range Patrol (LRP) is a restricted calorie ration meant for special operations, where resupply is not available and weight and volume are critical factors. It is issued at one per soldier per day for up to ten days. The LRP is packaged in a tan camouflage menu pouch similar to the current MRE. The combined product assembly consists of twelve ration/meals packets per shipping container. The weight of each case is approximately 15 pounds and it measures approximately 1.02 cubic feet.

What's in it?

The twelve menus contain dehydrated entree items as well as other accessory items. Each menu provides approximately 1540 kilocalories (15% protein, 35% fat, and 50% carbohydrate). One menu bag is used for the LRP, which is a restricted calorie ration that is designed to be used as one menu bag for one individual per day. The MCW requires three menu bags per person per day and provides for 4500 kilocalories that is necessary to replenish loss of energy from exertion in extreme cold.

How do I eat it?

The individual prepares the food. An average of 34 ounces of water is required to hydrate all components in the average individual menu bag.

How long will it last?

The shelf life is 3 years at 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

How can I order it?

The NSN for the MCW portion of the combined ration/meal is 8970-01-467-1753. For the LRP portion it is 8970-01-467-1749. Point of contact is at (215) 737-5648, DSN: 444-5648.

We can only sell Operational Rations (MREs, UGRs, etc) to the U.S. Military Services and other authorized federally-funded agencies. We can not sell to the private sector (individual, business, or other organizations). For further information, please click here and read our Customer Eligibility Policy towards the bottom of the page.

Comments

Please note that acquisition of the RCW and LRP for the U.S. military services has ceased. The requirements of these two rations are being met by the Meal, Cold Weather (MCW)/Long Range Patrol (LRP) Combination Ration.

Ordering lead-time:
CONUS- 7 to 10 BUSINESS days
Hawaii & Alaska- 45-60 days
OCONUS- 60 to 90 days

The Menus

Menu 1 Menu 2 Menu 3 Menu 4
Spicy Oriental Chicken w/Rice Beef Stroganoff w/Noodles Sweet & Sour Pork w/Rice Turkey Tetrazzini
Fruit Bar Chocolate Sports Bar MRE Crackers Fudge Brownie
MRE Crackers Peanut Brittle Bar MRE Peanut Butter MRE Crackers
MRE Peanut Butter Nut Raisin Mix Soup, Noodle, Ramen, Instant MRE Cheese Spread
MRE Beverage Base Cocoa Beverage Powder Cocoa Beverage Powder Orange Beverage Base
LRP: Accessory Pack A
MCW: Accessory Pack D
LRP: Accessory Pack A
MCW: Accessory Pack D
LRP: Accessory Pack A
MCW: Accessory Pack D
LRP: Accessory Pack B
MCW: Accessory Pack E
Spoon Spoon Spoon Spoon
Menu 5 Menu 6 Menu 7 Menu 8
Chicken & Rice Lasagna w/Meat & Sauce Beef Stew Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce
Fruit Bar Nut Raisin Mix Cake Nut Raisin Mix
Soup, Noodle, Ramen, Instant Toaster Pastry Chocolate Toffee Roll Toaster Pastry
Orange Beverage Base Shortbread Cookies Chocolate Covered Cookie Chocolate Disks
Cocoa Beverage Powder Cocoa Beverage Powder
Cocoa Beverage Powder
LRP: Accessory Pack A
MCW: Accessory Pack D
LRP: Accessory Pack B
MCW: Accessory Pack E
LRP: Accessory Pack C
MCW: Accessory Pack F
LRP: Accessory Pack A
MCW: Accessory Pack D
Spoon Spoon Spoon Spoon
Menu 9 Menu 10 Menu 11 Menu 12
Beef Terriyaki w/Rice Western Omelet Scrambled Eggs w/Bacon Western Omelet
Shortbread Cookie Cream of Wheat Cereal Flavored Oatmeal Flavored Oatmeal
MRE Crackers Granola Bar Nuts, Dry Roasted Fudge Brownie
MRE Peanut Butter Peanut Brittle Bar Fig Fruit Bar Granola Bar

Orange Beverage Base Orange Beverage Base

Cocoa Beverage Powder Cocoa Beverage Powder Cocoa Beverage Powder
LRP: Accessory Pack C
MCW: Accessory Pack F
LRP: Accessory Pack A
MCW: Accessory Pack D
LRP: Accessory Pack A
MCW: Accessory Pack D
LRP: Accessory Pack B
MCW: Accessory Pack E
Spoon Spoon Spoon Spoon
Accessory Packet A Accessory Packet B Accessory Packet C Accessory Packet D Accessory Packet E Accessory Packet F
Coffee Coffee Coffee Coffee Coffee Coffee
Non-diary Creamer, Dry
Non-diary Creamer, Dry
Non-diary Creamer, Dry
Non-diary Creamer, Dry
Non-diary Creamer, Dry
Non-diary Creamer, Dry
Sugar Sugar Sugar Sugar Sugar Sugar
Chewing Gum Chewing Gum Chewing Gum Chewing Gum Chewing Gum Chewing Gum
Matches Matches Matches Matches Matches Matches
Hot Sauce Hot Sauce Hot Sauce Hot Sauce Hot Sauce Hot Sauce
Hand Cleaner Hand Cleaner Hand Cleaner Hand Cleaner Hand Cleaner Hand Cleaner
Toilet Paper (2) Toilet Paper (2) Toilet Paper (2) Toilet Paper (1) Toilet Paper (1) Toilet Paper (1)
Salt Salt Salt




Beverage Base

Beverage Base

Tea (w/sweetener & lemon flavor)

Tea (w/sweetener & lemon flavor)
Assembly Contract Requirements (ACRs)
Performance-Based Contract Requirements (PCRs)
Commercial Item Descriptions (CIDs)
Quality Assurance Publications (Appendix C)