For decades, they have been as much a part of Army life as square-bashing and polishing boots - and they have been just as popular.
But now the 24-hour ration packs for troops in the field are to be given a tasty makeover aimed at beating 'menu fatigue'.
Twenty new menus double the options for troops, as well as ensuring for the first time that those serving in extreme temperatures will have food designed to meet their specific needs.
That means pasta pouches that can be eaten cold, and flapjacks and energy bars instead of chocolate (it melts too easily).
Yesterday the Ministry of Defence revealed the 20 menus, plus six each of Sikh, Hindu, vegetarian and halal, which should be ready for the forces in Iraq and Afghanistan next year.
Source: Daily Mail (English)