Survival, General Purpose, Improved (GP-I)

What is it?

The Food Packet, Survival, General Purpose, Improved is used by the Services to sustain an individual in survival situations, including escape and evasion, under all environmental conditions, and when potable water is limited. Requested by the Air Force, it is used to sustain personnel in any survival situation for periods of less than 5 consecutive days. There are 24 packets per shipping container. The weight per packet is .71 lb. and the weight per case is 18.21 lb. The volume is 0.014 cubic feet per packet and 0.520 cubic feet per case.

What's in it?

The ration contains 6 compressed bars consisting of 2 cereal bars, 3 cookie bars, and 1 sucrose bar which are sealed in trilaminate pouches and packed in a water resistant, paperboard box. Lemon tea, and soup and gravy base are also included. Each packet provides 1447 kilocalories (5% protein, 39% fat, and 56% carbohydrate). It is designed to provide a maximum of 8% of the calories from protein in order to minimize metabolic water requirements.

How do I eat it?

The individual prepares the food. Fourteen ounces of water are required to reconstitute the lemon tea, soup and gravy base.

How long will it last

The shelf life for this ration is 5 years at 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

How can I order it?

The NSN for this ration is 8970-00-082-5665. Point of contact is at (215) 737-3852, DSN: 444-3852.

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.


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

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