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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2019 3:46 p.m. PST

…And Certain Drugs Can Enhance Sodiers Fighting In Combat.

"Top Pentagon officials say research has shown that human bodies in ketosis the goal of the popular and controversial ketogenic diet can stay underwater for longer periods, making the fat- and protein-heavy eating plan a potential benefit to military divers. It is one example of a rapidly growing trend as military researchers zero in on how nutrition and certain drugs can enhance how fighting men and women perform in battle.

But U.S. defense officials say they lack the legal authorities to dictate to soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines what they can and cannot eat. Critics of the entire concept warn that the military is entering a danger-filled world if it begins ordering diets and drug protocols solely to build more lethal warriors…."
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RudyNelson11 Jun 2019 4:49 p.m. PST

We did effects of lack of sleep as part of the DRS tests back in the late 1970s. So these studies have been done before and will be done over and over.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2019 12:04 p.m. PST



Lion in the Stars12 Jun 2019 2:11 p.m. PST

It'd be easy to control the diet, particularly in combat.

Just make the changes to MREs. You could even pack the various drugs into the MREs as well.

The problem is really that you need to get the troops to eat 'right' and take the drugs before they get in combat.

If the food and drugs produce a massive increase in performance in the PFA, though, the troops will voluntarily eat 'right' and take the drugs, just so they don't get forced out due to low performance.

Patrick R13 Jun 2019 1:00 a.m. PST

Oddly enough one of the largest diet improvements was seen with British troops in WWI. The largely static nature of the battlefield meant that troops had nominal access to quality food much of the time. Now it may not have been ideal by modern standards, but compared to their civilian diet it was a huge step up.

Lion in the Stars13 Jun 2019 4:25 p.m. PST

Yeah, the British troops were so stunted by their civilian diets that they gained an average of 4" in height over the course of the war while in the trenches!

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