What is it?
The Unitized Group Ration - A Option (UGR-A) is used to sustain military personnel during worldwide operations that allow organized food service facilities. The UGR-A is designed to maximize the use of commercial items and to simplify the process of providing high quality food service in a field environment. All components for a complete 50-person meal are included in the UGR-A, with the exception of mandatory supplements, such as milk and cold cereal, and optional enhancements like bread and fresh fruit and vegetables. The UGR-A includes perishable/frozen type entrees (A-Rations) along with commercial-type components. Currently there are 7 breakfast and 14 lunch/dinner menus available. There is no minimum ordering quantity required (i.e. orders for single modules are accepted). The UGR-A module is comprised of 3 boxes. One pallet is comprised of 12 modules, which provides 600 meals. The average weight and cube of one UGR-A module is 86.70 lbs and 4.03 cubic feet.
New to the UGR-A program are 7 short-order menus. The short-order menus complement the 14 lunch/dinner UGR-A menus. Short-order menus include: Philly steak hoagies, chicken nuggets, Italian sausage subs, beef enchiladas, chicken wings, pepperoni and cheese stromboli, and hamburgers and hot dogs. Like the regular UGR-A menus, the short-order menus contain all the components for a complete 50-person meal, with the exception of mandatory supplements and optional enhancements. The short-order menus expand the variety and options of meals available to the warfighter.
What's in it?
The UGR-A, in addition to semi-perishable food items, includes perishable/frozen type entrees to provide the luxury of an A-Ration meal in the field. But, it is configured into individual meal modules for ease of ordering, distribution, and preparation. With the exception of mandatory supplements, such as bread, milk and cold cereal, and optional enhancements like fresh fruit, vegetables, and salad, the 7 breakfast, 14 lunch/dinner menus, and the 7 short-order menus contain all food items and disposable items (cups, compartment trays, napkins, utensils, and trash bags) necessary to feed 50 individuals. Each menu, including mandatory supplements, provides an average of 1450 kilocalories (14% protein, 32% fat, and 54% carbohydrates) per serving. Cooking preparation sheets are included with each module. If customers are in need of preparation sheets prior to receipt of product, please contact the inventory manager listed below.
How long will it last?
UGR-A and short-order modules shall have at least 9 months shelf life (at 80 degrees F for semi-perishable modules and at 0 degrees F for perishable modules) remaining for OCONUS deliveries. UGR-A and short-order modules shall have at least 3 month shelf life (at 80 degrees F for semi-perishable modules and at 0 degrees F for perishable modules) remaining for CONUS deliveries.
How can I order it?
Each UGR-A and short-order meal module have two National Stock Numbers (NSNs) - one for the semi-perishable portion and one for the perishable portion. Requisitions are processed according to the supply procedures for each Military Service. Point of contact is at (215) 737-6187, DSN: 444-6187.
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 read our Customer Eligibility Policy.
The UGR-A and short-order option is a build to order Direct Vendor Delivery (DVD), operation that requires a minimum of 8 day order-ship-time CONUS, 35 days for Hawaii and Alaska. All other OCONUS customers' leadtime is 60-90 days.
CONUS - 7 to 10 BUSINESS days
Hawaii & Alaska - 45-60 days
OCONUS - 60 to 90 days
Please click on the links to view the following documents.
UGR-A New Source Form