Monday, November 11, 2013


An army marches on its stomach.
--Napoleon Bonaparte

One man's view on MRE's (Meals Ready to Eat), fr. the lad's site, Thrillist London:
What military rations taste like, according to an active serviceman

Today is Veterans Day, the day on which we honor our men and women in uniform for their service to our nation… and also for eating some of the worst food in the world while doing it. We had our active serviceman friend, who will remain unnamed so he doesn’t get deactivated, tell us the bitter truth about the contents of the MREs ("Meals, Ready-to-Eat") that the military somehow survives on in the field.
The blow-by-blow is in here. Brace your colon.

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Anonymous Brian said...

I don't know... the guy has obviously never eaten C-rations... I ate a few cans of those, and when I joined the Canadian Forces they were just phasing out the IRP or Individual Ration Pack - the Canadian version of Cs, except that the cans were just small cans of food (chicken stew, etc.) available on the civilian market, down to the colourful labels. The best part of that ration was the canned bacon, which was great.
The IRP was replaced by the IMP or Individual Meal Pack, which the Americans made into the MRE. Again, these were just repackaged civilian market foods, in silver envelopes, not "tactical" at all. Early menus were pretty basic, and just like MREs the omelettes were the worst - best choice for breakfast was wieners and beans.
By the time I left they had introduced some more interesting items, there was chop suey and a thick dense cherry cake that was very good.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 12:03:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yah, I actually long for that flat, waxy but delicious cherry cake (Canadian Forces). used to trade for them and stockpile. Still cling to the hope that I'll stumble on a surplus hoard of it...it would probably still taste the same.

Friday, February 14, 2014 at 10:50:00 PM GMT-5  

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