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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Dec 2019 2:15 p.m. PST

"The MRE was adopted as the Department of Defense combat ration in 1975. A large-scale production test began in 1978 with delivery in 1981. MRE I (1981) was the first date of pack.

In 1983, a field evaluation was conducted with the 25th Infantry Division for 34 days. They ate noting but MREs three times a day. Although troops rated the ration as acceptable, consumption was low only about 60% of the calories provided were consumed.

Another test in 1986 with the same division resulted in increased consumption and acceptance…"
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Legion 409 Dec 2019 3:48 p.m. PST

We got'm in the 2ID in about '85 IIRC ? Much better than Cs !!!!!

Eumelus09 Dec 2019 3:58 p.m. PST

In basic training at Ft Benning in the summer of '83, we had about a 50/50 mix of Cs and MREs while on field training. There were some good bits in the Cs (I particularly liked the peaches), but overall even in '83 the MREs were clearly an improvement. Still, the P38 was as nifty a piece of gear as was ever invented.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Dec 2019 6:21 p.m. PST

"Another test in 1986 with the same division resulted in increased consumption and acceptance".

Makes me wonder how much of that was voluntary, and how much was mandated by senior officers from above.

Raynman Supporting Member of TMP09 Dec 2019 8:47 p.m. PST

I loved the tangy BBQ sauce in the early MRE's. Until one of them attacked me, I spent three days in the hospital with food poisoning! Hurt so bad, I wished I was dead!!

Legion 410 Dec 2019 7:23 a.m. PST

Makes me wonder how much of that was voluntary, and how much was mandated by senior officers from above.
I'm pretty sure they just issued them and that is what you got to eat.

Just like with the old Cs. You got whatever meal was handed to you. You could trade with the others in your unit. In the old Cs leftover from Vietnam there would come a pack of 4 cigarettes. I didn't smoke but you could trade those to the guys who did. For some of the "better" C rat components. E.g. Pound Cake, Beans & Wienies, Tuna Fish, etc. !

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I've got about 8-9 old MREs and some MRE bread in my garage. I got issued them in '90. Should I mail them to you to see if they are still good ? wink

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Dec 2019 10:45 a.m. PST

(smile)


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