RCW DATING

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RONJON
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RCW DATING

Postby RONJON » Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:14 pm

HELP- I HAVE A BUNCH OF RCWS AND THE DATE CODES ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY. FOR INSTANCE-INSTANT OATMEAL DATE CODED 8128. DOES THIS MEAN 2008? 1998? I UNDERSTAND THEY HAVE BEEN DISCONTINUED FOR A WHILE, BUT HOW TO DETERMINE THE CORRECT YEAR ?? THANKS.

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Re: RCW DATING

Postby housil » Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:38 am

Depends if it is a:

Ration, Cold Weather:
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1998

or a Meal, Cold Weather
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2008

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Re: RCW DATING

Postby mreheater72 » Wed Jun 08, 2011 4:21 pm

RONJON wrote:HELP- I HAVE A BUNCH OF RCWS AND THE DATE CODES ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY. FOR INSTANCE-INSTANT OATMEAL DATE CODED 8128. DOES THIS MEAN 2008? 1998? I UNDERSTAND THEY HAVE BEEN DISCONTINUED FOR A WHILE, BUT HOW TO DETERMINE THE CORRECT YEAR ?? THANKS.


If you read the NATICK PAM 30-25, 3rd and 4th edition you will find the following information:

“[RCW] was available for troop issue in July 1989.”
“The RCW will not be procured after the year 2000.”
“The MCW/LRP documentation was completed in FY99 for FY00 initial procurement of the combined product.”

Some pics taken from my collection for illustration:

RCW Case DoP June 1989, perhaps first run RCWs :D :?: 8)
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RCW Case DoP June 1989
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RCW Menu 1A DoP June 1989
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RCW Menu 1B DoP June 1989
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RCW Case DoP September 1999
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RCW Case DoP September 1999
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RCW Menu 5A DoP September 1999
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RCW Menu 5B DoP September 1999
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MCW Case DoP March 2004
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MCW Case DoP March 2004
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MCW Menus 12 and 2 DoP 2004
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MCW Menus (FOOD PACKET COLD WEATHER, that designation is wrong) 5 and 4 DoP 2004
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Re: RCW DATING

Postby RONJON » Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:41 pm

I WOULD ASSUME FROM MY RCW (RATION, COLD WEATHER) DATED "8128" THAT IT WAS MADE IN 1998, SINCE THEY WERE NOT ISSUED IN 2008 . CORRECT ?

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Re: RCW DATING

Postby mreheater72 » Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:31 am

RONJON wrote:I WOULD ASSUME FROM MY RCW (RATION, COLD WEATHER) DATED "8128" THAT IT WAS MADE IN 1998, SINCE THEY WERE NOT ISSUED IN 2008 . CORRECT ?


Yes, that should be correct. If possible, post some pics :wink: !

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Re: RCW DATING

Postby RONJON » Thu Jun 09, 2011 11:53 pm

ONE FINAL ITEM- SHELF LIFE OF THESE RATIONS (RCW) IS GIVEN AS 3 YEARS. I AM TOLD THAT THEY COULD LAST AS LONG AS 25 YEARS DUE TO THE NATURE OF THEIR PREPARATION. WHAT DO YOU THINK ??

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Re: RCW DATING

Postby Bypah » Fri Jun 10, 2011 1:57 am

RONJON, they can last a while if stored properly in a nice stable cool temperature. :wink:
I have several from the late 90's and they are still ok. :mrgreen:
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Re: RCW DATING

Postby housil » Fri Jun 10, 2011 8:07 am

RONJON wrote:WHAT DO YOU THINK ??


First thought!? What´s wrong with your CAPS LOCK? :wink:
The shelf live mostly depends to the storage temperature, that´s what the TTI sticker is for.

I could also be just a month and not three years if stored at >120F

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Re: RCW DATING

Postby steve1989 » Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:09 am

I ate 6 RCW's from 1998 - I'm still fine. I just got an old RCW that has fruit soup, Rasberry in it. I was pretty excited because I thought they only did the strawberry fruitsoup.
I think they put cocaine in RCW oatmeal cookies/bars because I think about it all the time and I have spent about $400 on eating old RCW's in 6 months. (Sorry guys I know you hate to hear that I am an eater and document-er on this stuff I only collect whats not edible still. )

Only thing that didn't last I found was the chicken soup if its in a paper packet like the ones in a store but if they're in foil packing they last forever.
What is the oldest thing you've ever eaten?

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Re: RCW DATING

Postby steve1989 » Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:00 am

Here's some 1989 RCW items packed from the Rafco Freeze Dried Company!


-First off, I have the Fig Bars, which are just fig newtons... they smelled strong of figs and tasted very sweet, soft, and chewy. Looks questionable to eat - but it was safe and tasted great!


P.S. I think I will start my own RCW review post soon with all my documentations since there may be some interest.
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