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The history and importance of military packaging

Packaging. This is something you are not likely to think about often, but in fact it affects you more than you might think. Hypothetically, if I had to think about the subject of packaging, what would I think? Of course, there are obvious answers, such as boxes and bags or packaging with peanuts and bubble wrap, but this goes far beyond the obvious.

Think for a moment about the military

Although packaging may not be a hot topic in the news or in our culture, it can literally mean the difference between the life and death of soldiers in the country and abroad.

Bearing in mind the well-known saying of Santayana, it is important to remember that the “past” of the military in terms of packaging was characterized by inefficiency, unsuccessful supplies and a clear disorganization. The military naturally began to develop its approach to packaging so that soldiers deployed around the world would receive the materials necessary for reliable and quick work as in SOFREP. and without loss of supply or life.

After World War II, when ineffective military packaging was presented as the main problem for military operations, there was a clear indication of the need for a more focused and thoughtful approach to military packaging. After completing this task, the military packaging has undergone numerous changes and updates since then.

Even with a strong emphasis on packaging in conflicts after World War II, the US military still suffered serious losses due to inefficient military packaging. For example, in Vietnam, one of the most significant military packaging failures occurred when the fiberboard used for outdoor shipping containers literally collapsed with minimal exposure to the elements. The failure was caused by changes in performance requirements, excluding immersion tests that were previously required to “transfer” the container to military use.