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South Korean Ration/ Field Rations

Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 1:23 pm
by gundog4314
This may already be posted here but I haven't run across it.

This is a 40 some minute documentary of ROK rations in the past and current garrison and field rations with a lot of good information from former soldiers and their personal experiences. I enjoyed watching it and now I have to find a great contact in S. Korea to snag a few of these for me. Just an fyi they do have a commercial version that has the same exact contents as the military one except it comes in a box instead of the insulated bag that I did a review on. If you are interested Kiwi Dude has done a review of the commercial one.

Cheers


Re: South Korean Ration/ Field Rations

Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 1:48 pm
by laughing_man
This was very interesting video. :D

In recent years, acquisition of the South Korean forces ration became very difficult.
It's very regrettable...

Re: South Korean Ration/ Field Rations

Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 8:01 pm
by Norton
This vid was most interesting to me as I work with Korean men who served in the 1970's. The story about Vietnam war field rations was fascinating and informative, The sections where different age groups of veterans tasted various rations was also very interesting.
Very impressive rations, with a great deal of thought invested
This is truly an example of a nation using it's past military experiences as a guide for field feeding
I sent the link to several friends. I highly recommend other board members watch the film to gain different perspective.
This is one of the reasons I enjoy this forum so much. You can learn a great deal about other nations cultures though food history.

Thanks Gundog

Re: South Korean Ration/ Field Rations

Posted: Sun Aug 07, 2016 1:10 am
by FREMONT
Norton wrote:This vid was most interesting to me as I work with Korean men who served in the 1970's. The story about Vietnam war field rations was fascinating and informative, The sections where different age groups of veterans tasted various rations was also very interesting.
Very impressive rations, with a great deal of thought invested
This is truly an example of a nation using it's past military experiences as a guide for field feeding
I sent the link to several friends. I highly recommend other board members watch the film to gain different perspective.
This is one of the reasons I enjoy this forum so much. You can learn a great deal about other nations cultures though food history.

Thanks Gundog

Exactly! At first glance, this forum might look like a bunch of weirdos to the average person (or soldier for that matter). Eating, reviewing, and discussing military and civilian rations/food for a hobby? But it's much more than that! It's people from all over the world and many walks of life getting together without political strife, discussing cuisines and meals that serve multiple purposes!

I love learning about various world cultures. I love food! I love food from around the world. I also like camping. Why not combining these interest for something I can enjoy? Many members of this site offer informative views, opinions, facts, and various pieces of content that can educate on what can be a somewhat overlooked part of history-world history.

What drives armies to their knees and makes them retreat with their tails between their legs? What gives a basic foot soldier a moral boost and enough energy to haul so much gear for long distances? Standard soldiers don't have dinner tables on the front lines. Nobody has a refrigerator or a pantry to grab food when they are miles away from human settlements. Rations are a staple piece of military and even a bit of civilian life. It's nice that some people appreciate the little things, even if they happen to be some brown plastic bags full of carb loaded spaghetti entrees or some half rusted can of Beans that sat in a warehouse for 5 years.

Welp, sorry for the wall of text Norton. I may have been carried away.

Re: South Korean Ration/ Field Rations

Posted: Sun Aug 07, 2016 2:31 am
by FREMONT
Awesome documentary! It's neat to watch the evolution of military rations and meals to fit not only the needs, but even the wants of a military that requires mandatory conscription! It's amazing how a country went from serving a rice ball a day to K/C-rations to self heating MREs.

On a side note, did anyone see something out of the ordinary here? I had to rewind to confirm what I saw..:
whaaat..PNG
Check the bracelet
Now before I say anything else, it's most likely not what you think it might be, but it is rather a religious symbol!

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/na ... 26414.html

I previously thought it was only used by Hindus and some Native american tribes. Not by Buddhist. It's neat to learn something new every day :D

Re: South Korean Ration/ Field Rations

Posted: Sun Aug 07, 2016 6:13 am
by laughing_man
FREMONT wrote:On a side note, did anyone see something out of the ordinary here? I had to rewind to confirm what I saw..:

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Now before I say anything else, it's most likely not what you think it might be, but it is rather a religious symbol!

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/na ... 26414.html

I previously thought it was only used by Hindus and some Native american tribes. Not by Buddhist. It's neat to learn something new every day :D
That symbol is also a Buddhistic symbol.
His purple bracelet is a Buddhist prayer beads.
In Japan, it is a map symbol of a Buddhist temple from ancient times.
We are perplexed about it having had a political meaning at the 20th century...
Now, the Japanese government is considering change of the map symbol of a Buddhist temple.