This site is all about U.S. military operational rations – both current and from the recent past. You’ll also find information on some foreign rations (Canadian and British). Feel free to contact us if you have any information on rations from other countries.
MRE stands for Meal, Ready-to-Eat and is currently the main individual operational ration for the U.S. military. MREs are meant to be completely self-contained meals that provide all the nutrition a solider-on-the-go needs to sustain him/herself. Typical contents include entree, side dish, crackers, peanut butter/cheese spread, dessert, instant coffee/tea, matches, toilet paper, spoon, and a heater to heat the main entree. While everything in an MRE can be eaten cold, it usually tastes better warm.
MREs have been under development for the past twenty years. As a result, many changes have been made to the contents, packaging, and appearance of MREs. I’ve attempted to cover all these changes and provide pictures wherever possible.
U.S. Military MREs (Meals, Ready to Eat)
|MRE (Meal, Ready-to-Eat)||MCI, or Meal, Combat, Individual (C-Rations)||RCW (Ration, Cold Weather)|
|FSR (First Strike Ration)||Other Current Operational Rations|
|Ameriqual APack||Meal Kit Supply||MREStar|
|Sopakco Sure-Pak 12||Wornick Eversafe||XMRE 1300XT|
MREs from Other Countries
|British 24-Hour Ration Pack||French RCIR||Italian Combat Ration|
|Canadian IMP||German EPa||Russian IRP|
Click to see the Australian Combat Ration Pack.