What is it?

The First Strike Ration (FSR) is a compact, eat-on-the-move assault ration designed for short durations of highly mobile, high intensity combat operations. The FSR is substantially reduced in weight and cube and enhances Warfighter consumption, nutritional intake, and mobility. The intended purpose of the FSR is for usage during the first 72 hours of a conflict in lieu of using Meals, Ready-to-Eat (MRE), which are heavier and more voluminous. The FSR has 9 packs per shipping container consisting of 9 different menus. . The net weight per case is approximately 29 lbs. and the cube per case is .99. The net weight per pallet is approximately 1,434 lbs. and the cube per pallet is 54.7.

What is in it?

The contents of one FSR provides enough food for an entire day in a mobile and combat intensive scenario and 2850 kilocalories.

How do I eat it?

All components of this ration are eat-out-of-hand/eat-on-the move type foods that require no or little preparation by the Warfighter.

How long will it last?

The shelf life of the FSR is 1100 days at 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

How can I get it?

The National Stock Number for a case of FSR is 8970-01-584-8759 (9 menu). The point of contact is (215) 737-5648, DSN: 444-5648.


The FSR may be used in the field or during training exercises.

Ordering lead-time

CONUS- 7 to 10 BUSINESS days
Hawaii & Alaska- 45-60 days
OCONUS- 60 to 90 days