Did You Know That March Is ‘Caffeine Awareness Month’, Quantico Residents? Read About Coffee’s Role in the Military!
March 3, 2015
March is Caffeine Awareness Month, a time for Americans to take a closer look at the amount of caffeine they consume on a regular basis. After all, more than 80 percent of American civilians kick-start their day with a cup of joe, and that's not even taking into account caffeine regularly consumed via other sources — tea, energy drinks, soda, and gum, to name a few.
But if you're reading this, then you're already aware that members of the military have their own, unique relationship with coffee. In fact, you'd probably agree that coffee is an inextricable facet of American military culture — and its history.
You can thank President Andrew Jackson for that. Way back in 1832, Jackson signed an executive order that took away a soldier's rations of alcohol, and in its place, allotted for coffee, which had been noted to improve a soldier's performance. It wasn't long before coffee became integrated into the military experience, from the Civil War to World War II, when American civilians abstained from coffee so that their boys overseas wouldn't have to go without it. Nowadays, the military has its own caffeine-infused gum, Stay Alert, and Starbucks are popping up on military bases all over the country!
Not only does coffee boost energy and alertness, it boosts morale. The familiar smell — and ritual — of coffee reminds soldiers of home, while the communal coffee pot with field combat operations centers is akin to the office water cooler.
What do you think, Quantico? How has coffee played a role in your military experience?
To read more about this topic, check out the links below:
Caffeine in the Military [CaffeineLand]
Not your average Joe [U.S. Army Alaska]
The History of Coffee in the Military [Kitchen Daily]
Military Orders More Caffeine For Everyone, Starting in 1832! [I Need Coffee]
Combat Coffee: One Marine’s Tour of Caffeine [GearPatrol]