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by RockyRaab
Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: MREs
Topic: MRE Water?
Replies: 4
Views: 1465

Re: MRE Water?

Emergency water used to come in cans roughly the size of soda cans. The water was vacuum-packed and if you shook the can, it sounded like there was a solid slug inside. No slosh, just "clunk". It was a standard life raft item, as well as fallout shelter supplies. Later, they switched to pouches for ...
by RockyRaab
Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: They're not all Piper Cubs
Replies: 8
Views: 181

Re: They're not all Piper Cubs

I'll be fair and acknowledge that.
by RockyRaab
Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: They're not all Piper Cubs
Replies: 8
Views: 181

Re: They're not all Piper Cubs

I just looked at the MRE forum, and something like 11 of the first 12 posts are about something other than MREs.
by RockyRaab
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: They're not all Piper Cubs
Replies: 8
Views: 181

They're not all Piper Cubs

Just a long-standing annoyance of mine... I read the MRE forum and see posts about all kinds of rations, none of which is an MRE. I see videos about MREs only to learn that the ration discussed is something else. People: MRE is NOT a generic term for any and all rations. An MRE is one very specific ...
by RockyRaab
Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: MREs
Topic: Military MRE Recipe Article
Replies: 2
Views: 654

Re: Military MRE Recipe Article

I loved that they have a sense of humor about it. The recipes? Well, if the main ingredients are desperation and longing, they might just be tasty. Or at least edible. Sorta.
by RockyRaab
Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: MREs
Topic: Questions about US MRE's
Replies: 9
Views: 1426

Re: Questions about US MRE's

As an Air Force pilot, we hardly ever got better than middle-grade caviar and champagne. (joke) Field rations are a whole different category than mess hall/shipboard chow. Weight and caloric content rule most other decisions and the US Army does try hard to make rations palatable - so soldiers will ...
by RockyRaab
Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: MREs
Topic: Questions about US MRE's
Replies: 9
Views: 1426

Re: Questions about US MRE's

Have you read "Catch 22"? NOTHING in the military makes sense. I think it's a rule. At times, I think that may be the reason it succeeds - unpredictable.

It's true that our field rations are poor at best. Luckily, our troops don't have to live on the things and do get better chow in the mess halls.
by RockyRaab
Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: MREs
Topic: Questions about US MRE's
Replies: 9
Views: 1426

Re: Questions about US MRE's

As I've said many times, the improvements needed in MREs are not in the peripherals. What they need are much larger main meals with a lot more protein. These high carb/sugar "meals" are in my opinion highly counterproductive, leading to huge swings in energy and alertness. Peak and crash diets are h...
by RockyRaab
Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: MREs
Topic: Questions about US MRE's
Replies: 9
Views: 1426

Re: Questions about US MRE's

You're welcome. My time was pre-MRE days, but I can address if not answer some of your points. No esbit stoves, ever. The first MREs had no heat source at all, and the FRH since about 1992. No idea about the acc packs, but I agree with you. The services now frown sternly at smoking, both from a heal...
by RockyRaab
Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: MREs
Topic: Cigarettes in accesory packs
Replies: 9
Views: 1443

Re: Cigarettes in accesory packs

Cigarettes in rations? Yeah, right after they return condoms and corkscrews.