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Combat Ration (One Man) - CR1M

The Combat Ration One Man, or CR1M is a self-contained, individual field ration in lightweight packaging procured by the Australian military for its members for use in combat or other field conditions where organised food facilities are not available.

The CR1M is intended to feed one soldier for 24 hours and consists of two main meals, a midday snack and a number of sundry items.

The CR1M started being used in 1982 and the main meals, diced fruit, and cheddar cheese were canned in the usual (and heavy) tin-plated steel cans. But starting in 2002, the Australian DSTO (Defence Science and Technology Organisation) began converting over to the use of retort pouches similiar to those used in US MREs. These retort pouches are ultrathin, laminated foil containers that are not only lighter than steel cans, but are also very flexible, allowing for storage in convenient nooks or crannies in backpacks or even in pockets in the soldier's uniform.

Newer CR1Ms with retort pouches Back of newer CR1Ms
   
Older CR1M w/ cans Back of older CR1M

Any Australian rations you see with cans are probably from 2001 or earlier.

Here's a quick look at the contents of a current-issue CR1M:

For a more in-depth look at the contents and a taste-test report, please see these links:

[CR1M 2000 Menu B Contents ] and [CR1M 2000 Menu B Food ] and [CR1M 1999 Menu B Contents ]


CR1M Menus (2007/2008)

Menu A
Menu B
Menu C
Menu D
Braised Beef and Gravy
Chicken, Italiano
Soup, Savoury
Bev Powder, Type I, Lemon & Lime
Bev Powder, Type II, Tropical
Biscuit, Crispbread
Biscuit, Krispie
Confectionary Spread – Choc
Freeze Dried Pot & Onion
Fruit Grains, Apricot
Fruit Spread, Blackberry
Fruit, Peaches, Diced
MB, Apricot & Coconut
MB, Tropical Fruits
Muesli Cereal, Fruitful
Milk, Dried Skim
Sauce, Tomato
Beef, Mince w/ Spaghetti
Chicken Satay
Soup, Beef
Bev Powder, Type I, Mixed Berry
Bev Powder, Type II, Grape
Biscuit, Shrewsbury
Biscuit, Vitalife Wellgrain
Tuna in Springwater
Fruit Grains, Blackcurrant
Fruit Spread, Marmalade
Fruit, Peaches, Diced
MB, Apricot & Coconut
MB, Tropical Fruits
MB, Forest Fruits
Sauce, BBQ
Sauce, Tomato
Chicken Curry
Sausages & Vegetables
Soup, Chicken
Bev Powder, Type I, Orange
Bev Powder, Type II, Tropical
Biscuit, Shrewsbury
Biscuit, Vitalife
Wellgrain
Confectionary Spread –
Vanilla
Tuna in Dried Tomato
Fruit Grains, Mix Berry
Fruit Spread, Raspberry
Fruit, Pears, Diced
MB, Apricot & Coconut
MB, Tropical Fruits
MB, Forest Fruits
Noodles Chicken Flavour
Sauce, Sweet Chilli
Sauce, Tomato
Beef BBQ
Chicken BBQ
Soup, Chicken
Bev Powder, Type I, Lemon & Lime
Bev Powder, Type II, Tropical
Biscuit, Crispbread
Biscuit, Krispie
Confectionary Spread – Vanilla
Fruit Grains, Raspberry
Fruit Spread, Plum
Fruit, Two Fruits, Diced
MB, Tropical Fruits
Muesli Cereal, Natural
Milk, Dried Skim
Noodles, Beef Flavour
Curry Powder
Sauce, BBQ
Sauce, Tomato

Menu E
Menu F
Menu G
Menu H
Beef Mince w/ Tortellini
Salmon & Pasta Mornay
Soup, Tomato
Bev Powder, Type I, Raspberry
Bev Powder, Type II, Lemon & Lime
Biscuit, Crispbread
Biscuit, Krispie
Biscuit, Shortbread
Confectionary Spread – Vanilla
Freeze Dried, Rice
Fruit Grains, Strawberry
Fruit Spread, Blackberry
Fruit, Two Fruits, Diced
MB, Tropical Fruits
Muesli Cereal, Fruitful
Milk, Dried Skim
Noodles, Chicken Flavour
Curry Powder
Sauce, BBQ
Sauce, Tomato
Beef Teriyaki
Vegetable Curry
Soup, Tomato
Bev Powder, Type I, Orange
Bev Powder, Type II, Grape
Biscuit, Scotch Finger
Biscuit, Vitalife Wellgrain
Confectionary Spread – Chocolate
Fruit Grains, Apricot
Fruit Spread, Plum
Fruit, Two Fruits, Diced
MB, Tropical Fruits
MB, Apricot & Coconut
MB, Forest Fruits
Noodles, Beef Flavour
Tuna in Springwater
Sauce, BBQ
Sauce, Sweet Chilli
Chilli Con Carne
Lamb with Rosemary
Soup, Beef
Bev Powder, Type I, Mixed Berry
Bev Powder, Type II, Orange
Biscuit, Scotch Finger
Biscuit, Vitalife
Wellgrain
Fruit Grains,
Blackcurrant
Fruit Spread, Raspberry
Fruit, Pears, Diced
MB, Tropical Fruits
Freeze Dried Rice
Tuna with Dried Tomato
Muesli Cereal, Natural
Milk, Dried Skim
Sauce, Sweet Chilli
Sauce, Tomato
Baked Beans
Vegetable Curry
Soup, Savoury
Bev Powder, Type I, Lemon & Lime
Bev Powder, Type II, Mixed Berry
Biscuit, Shrewsbury
Biscuit, Vitalife
Wellgrain
Biscuit, Shortbread
Confectionary Spread – Vanilla
Fruit Grains, Mix Berry
Fruit Spread, Marmalade
Fruit, Peaches, Diced
Freeze Dried Rice
Muesli Cereal, Fruitful
MB, Apricot & Coconut
Milk, Dried Skim
Curry Powder
Sauce, Sweet Chilli
Sauce, Tomato
Tuna with Dried Tomato

Additional Items Common To All Menus
Bev, Chocolate Powder
Bev, Coffee Instant x 2
Bev, Tea Bags x 2
Sugar x 8
Candy Chocolate (M&M’s)
Candy Hard Various x 2
Milk, Sweet Condensed
Cheese Cheddar Canned
Chocolate Ration
Vegetable Extract
Chewing Gum x 2
Pepper, Black
Salt
Bag, Plastic, Resealable
Bag, Plastic, Inner
Rubber Bands, Size 32 x 2
Rubber Band, Size 61
Can Opener Hand
Matches, Safety, Vial
Pads Scouring, Nylon
Spoon Plastic
Toilet Paper, Sheets x 10
Menu Sheet
Ingredient Sheet


CR1M Full Menus, Information, & Ingredients

2007/2008 CR1M Menus PDF version

2007/2008 CR1M Information

2007/2008 CR1M Ingredients PDF version

Older CR1M Menus

Year
Menu
Information
Ingredients
2005/2006
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2003/2004


2002/2003
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2001/2002
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2000/2001
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1999/2000
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1997/1998
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(Acknowledgements: Die Kampfzuteilung, Lt turtle, The Ration)