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MREs

Postby Cpt Rhodes » Tue Jan 26, 2016 5:13 pm

MREs Meals Ready to Eat. Light weight, filled with calories. A great way to survive on the road. But I havent seen a MRE since 1992. I ate anouf of those suckers to last a life time. I was in the US Army from 1986-1992. In basic we still ate the old c-rations. and my first duty station, Korea, up near the DMZ we sat in bunkers watching the North, eating those tasty c-rations so the US Army could get them off the books. But when the new MREs came out we tossed a lot of them away. brought our own food. the first MRE had dehydrated pork patties and spagetti, not much in the way off snacks, or tasty stuff. somewhat improved durning the early 1990s. Now they if your lucky, you even get skittles in a MRE pack. and they provide you with means to heat them up. when they first came out they were switching to the new helmets, from the steel pots. steel pot were great to heat up water in the field.
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Re: MREs

Postby zbuddy » Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:41 pm

The newer ones can be good, but they tend to be expensive and the ones that are at the surplus stores, or online, are usually on the ass end of expiration. Field stripping them down can make them even more compact as well, but you'll lose out on the comfort factor.

Most grocery stores sell foil pouches of some alright stuff now, as well, so you could probably rig together a shoestring MRE.
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Re: MREs

Postby Bob » Wed Jan 27, 2016 6:28 am

The few I have eaten seemed ok, not great but better than being hungry.
How long do those things last?
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Re: MREs

Postby UnderDude » Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:15 pm

I like the older beefsteak ones, pretty darn good. Now I just stock up on Mainstay ration bars.
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Re: MREs

Postby zbuddy » Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:38 pm

I think that the mainstay bars are more economic, but they don't hit all of the proper nutrients that your body will need, but they sure as hell will keep you alive - and they don't taste bad, either.

I think they last around 10-15 years, but you have to keep them cool. I had some over in the sandbox that went bad, and were made around 2001 (I think), so you'd want to keep them with your other stuff and probably not in a vehicle for any prolonged amount of time. The Mainstay/Dytrex (sp?) bars are probably better for your vehicle emergency bag.
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Re: MREs

Postby Cpt Rhodes » Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:16 pm

durning training exercises we used to go pick up the old c-ration cans, not hard to find at Ft Hood. Tie them to commo wire, put a few rocks in the cans, perfect early warning system around your perimeter.
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Re: MREs

Postby Bob » Thu Jan 28, 2016 6:15 am

A dog would be better.
I wonder why we don't field more dogs.
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Re: MREs

Postby Red Star » Thu Jan 28, 2016 9:12 am

There is probably a big demand for dogs in certain applications. That being said, training them and keeping up with the demand requirements is a different story. Budget cutting affects these kind of projects which is why you see more dogs in the civilian world than in the military most likely. Technology has made everyone more lazy and complacent than ever before. In fact, it makes me wonder how the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts still keep going...

as for MREs and such, they would appear to be scarce or nonexistent here in the Socialist Republic of Moscowchusetts. The reason why is most likely because there are practically no Army Navy or surplus stores here whatsoever.
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Re: MREs

Postby UnderDude » Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:11 am

They can be ordered on the internet, with a decent shelf life left on them.
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Re: MREs

Postby Red Star » Fri Jan 29, 2016 2:46 am

You need credit cards for that, being unemployed with no income makes it a bit problematic at best.
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